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Former NBA All-Star Porzingis accused of rape: attorney

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Published on March 31, 2019 - Duration: 00:59s

Former NBA All-Star Porzingis accused of rape: attorney

An attorney for Kristaps Porzingis on Sunday confirmed the seven-foot-three professional basketball player had been accused of rape, but said the sex was consensual and the accuser was trying to extort money from the Dallas Mavericks' center.

Zachary Goelman reports.

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Former NBA All-Star Porzingis accused of rape: attorney

A lawyer for former NBA All-Star Kristaps Porzingis confirmed the professional basketball player has been accused of rape.

The attorney for the 7-foot-3 Latvian on Sunday issued a statement after the New York Post reported the allegation, made by a woman the newspaper said was once Porzingis's neighbor in a luxury Manhattan high-rise.

Citing police sources, the Post said investigators believed the accusation was credible.

Porzingis's attorney on Sunday told a different story: The sex was consensual, and they believed the woman was trying to extort money from the former New York Knick.

In a statement, his counsel said, “we made a formal referral to federal law enforcement on December 20th, 2018, based on the accusers’ extortionate demands.” Porzingis was drafted by the Knicks as a rookie in 2015, and earned a spot on the All-Star team last season.

But he tore his ACL partway through 2018, and is still recovering.

In January, New York traded him to Dallas.

In a statement, his attorney said the National Basketball Association was made aware of the rape allegation months ago, before he joined the Mavericks.

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