On Sunday, the NBAPA released a statement that revealed that they are not only standing behind Kristaps Porzingis, but they have known about this incident for some time and do now believe what has been told to NYPD investigators:
Then, Dallas Cowboys insider Mike Fisher dropped this nugget that suggests Kristaps Porzingis was actually in a sexual relationship with his accuser that continued well after the alleged incident:
Via Daily Mail:
“An NYPD source familiar with the investigation told DailyMail.com: ‘It’s a ridiculous accusation without any merit.’
When asked if police believe her, the source said: ‘Maybe her mother believes her but no one else does.’
The source said that Porzingis and the women ‘had a consensual sexual ongoing relationship.’
‘I’m not sure how long it was going on but it continued well after her alleged incident which is a huge red flag,’ the source said.”
Porzingis, who had not been charged with any crime, has not only denied the allegation, but also stated through his lawyer that he is being extorted:
“We are aware of the complaint that was made against Mr. Porzingis on Friday and unequivocally deny the allegation,” Riopelle said. “We made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20, 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.”
The New York Post first reported on Saturday that a woman alleged the attack happened hours after Porzingis tore his ACL while playing for the Knicks on Feb. 6, 2018 at the Sky building in Midtown Manhattan where each had a residence.
She also accuses Porzingis of repeatedly punching her in the face while the alleged rape occurred.
She reportedly stated that she waited more than a year to report it because the 7-foot-3 Porzingis discussed a payment of $68,000 to keep her quiet.
Porzingis has not played since his ACL injury, but is expected to return for the start of the 2019-20 season.
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