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This past week, rape allegations against Kristaps Porziņģis were made public. The alleged incident was said to have occurred the night that Porziņģis tore his ACL in February of last year. Porziņģis’ accuser is a resident of the apartment building that Porziņģis lived in during his time with the New York Knicks. The accuser said that Porziņģis invited her into his apartment, which she agreed to, then raped and hit her while allegedly calling her his “slave.” Porziņģis supposedly offered to pay her $68,000 to cover her brother’s college tuition if she did not expose the story. This incident is being investigated by the NYPD and was reported to the NBA before it was released to the public.
These allegations bring up more questions regarding the Dallas Mavericks who traded for Porziņģis and were informed of at least some of the incident. The Mavericks have been criticized in the past following sexual harassment complaints against some of the higher-ups in the organization, including owner Mark Cuban. The Mavericks said that they were told to not release any more statements regarding the situation, however, they have publicly supported Porziņģis after the accusations.
If this ends up being true, it is a very bad look for everyone involved. Obviously Porziņģis due to the horrible nature of the crime he is accused of committing, but the Mavericks as well for supporting Porziņģis throughout. The NBA would also come out looking bad for not taking the accusations seriously enough. There are a lot of questions as to whether or not this is true, but regardless it needs to be treated seriously and with caution.