On Saturday, the New York Post published a report detailing a New York Police Department investigation into a woman's complaint that she was raped by Porzingis in 2018. Porzingis' attorney, Roland G. Riopelle, told ESPN that he and his client "unequivocally deny the allegations."
The full statement:
We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegations. We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 2018, based on the accuser's extortionate demands. We also alerted the National Basketball Association months ago and they are aware of the ongoing investigation of the accuser by federal law enforcement. We cannot comment further on an ongoing federal investigation. Please refer any questions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or the National Basketball Association.
On Monday, Porzingis' attorney offered a further statement saying that they have been contacted by the New York County District Attorney's office, and are "fully cooperating" with the investigation:
More from Riopelle: "...that we previously provided to the federal authorities in support of our extortion complaint. We are confident that, after the District Attorney reviews these materials, they will recognize that the complaint made in this case is completely meritless." https://t.co/lUfR4RUnrL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 1, 2019
"We have been contacted by (New York County) the District Attorney's office and we are cooperating fully with their investigation. We have agreed to provide the District Attorney's Office with the materials that we previously provided to the federal authorities in support of our extortion complaint. We are confident that, after the District Attorney reviews these materials, they will recognize that the complaint made in this case is completely meritless."
Michele Roberts, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, released a statement on Sunday offering support for Porzingis.
NBPA exec. director Michele Roberts on Kristaps Porzingis, who's been accused of sexual assault. His lawyer denies it.— Mike Vorkunov (@MikeVorkunov) March 31, 2019
"We have been aware of these allegations for some time, have evaluated the accuser's claims and, based on what is presently before us, stand with Kristaps."
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Mavericks were aware of the investigation into Porzingis' behavior prior to trading for him ahead of this season's deadline.
On the February trade call to finalize the Dallas-New York deal, the Knicks informed the Mavericks of the pending rape allegation against Kristaps Porzingis, league sources tell ESPN. The league office had been previously made aware of the allegations.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 31, 2019
According to a Dallas Morning News report, however, the Knicks never used the word "rape" while finalizing a Porzingis trade with the Mavericks.
Two league sources on Sunday strongly contradicted Saturday's report by ESPN that the Knicks informed the Mavericks of a pending rape allegation against Kristaps Porzingis during the Jan. 31 call with NBA officials to finalize Porzingis' trade to Dallas.
"The word that was used was 'extortion,'" one of the sources told The Dallas Morning News on Sunday.
"The word 'rape' was never used, only 'extortion,'" the second source told The News.
Porzingis is now healthy, having recovered from the ACL tear he suffered last season, but has not returned to game action as he continues to rehab.