A video circulating on Twitter on Sunday shows Mavericks star Kristaps Porzingis involved in an altercation outside a nightclub in Latvia.
In the video, Porzingis is seen with blood running down his face while wearing a ripped white shirt. He was talking to a group of people before pushing a woman out of the way and approaching another group of people.
A Mavericks source told SportsDay’s Brad Townsend that it is their understanding that he was jumped outside of a nightclub, but that the team is still gathering details.
The Mavs acquired Porzingis in a blockbuster trade ahead of the trade deadline. He has yet to make his Mavs debut because of a knee injury. Porzingis is a restricted free agent this offseason.
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He was accused of sexual assault and there is an ongoing investigation out of New York.
According to the report, Porzingis was in Liepaja and visited multiple clubs in the area for some sort of celebration. During the night, a group confronted him and were “supposedly upset with the fact that he’d switched teams down here in the States.”
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium later reported the Mavericks are investigating the altercation, adding that the “current understanding is he was jumped at a club, assaulted and hit by objects.”
Porzingis spent his first three-and-a-half years in the NBA with the New York Knicks. ESPN reported in January he had met with Knicks personnel and “left franchise officials with the impression that he wants to be traded.”
Shortly thereafter, New York traded Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr., Trey Burke and Courtney Lee to the Mavericks for DeAndre Jordan, Dennis Smith Jr., Wesley Matthews and a pair of first-round picks.
Porzingis didn’t appear in a game for the Mavericks, who shut him down in order to focus on his recovery from a torn ACL.