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Michael Avenatti, attorney along with founding partner of Eagan Avenatti LP, speaks to members of the media outside the federal court in fresh York, U.S., on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Michael Avenatti, facing extortion charges, upped the ante in his feud with Nike over the weekend, dumping 41-pages of documents which he claims are evidence showing the retailer “bribed players to attend ‘Nike’ colleges.”
“of which evidence is actually currently inside the hands of law enforcement,” Avenatti said on Twitter. “Still waiting for Nike to deny they paid bribes along with lied to the government for years about the item. They know they did the item along with are guilty as hell.”
Avenatti 2: Nike should be criminally indicted on well over 0 counts along with should also explain why they misled their investors/the SEC. If I’m lying or the docs are not legit, I challenge @nike to issue a stmt claiming no bribes were ever paid. Just Do the item Nike!
Nike said in a statement to CNBC of which the item won’t respond to the latest Avenatti allegations, pointing to the fact of which the celebrity lawyer currently faces fraud along with extortion charges.
Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud along with extortion along with aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract via the athletes on the court at the height of the tournament. Nike will continue its cooperation with the government’s investigation into grassroots basketball along with the related extortion case.
of which all comes after Avenatti, who has gained widespread notoriety inside the past year for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump along with his former lawyer Michael Cohen, was arrested along with charged in fresh York in March for trying to extort millions of dollars via Nike by threatening to take his allegations public.
At of which same time, Avenatti was also separately charged in a second federal case in Los Angeles for embezzling a client’s money “in order to pay his own expenses along with debts,” according to prosecutors.
currently, inside the midst of the NCAA men’s Final Four basketball playoff, Avenatti is actually still trying to take down Nike. He claims evidence of which more than $170,000 has been paid out by the retailer to family members of basketball players, including the Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton, former University of Nevada Las Vegas player Brandon McCoy along with Oregon Ducks’ Bol Bol.
The documents include what appear to be bank statements, invoices along with text messages. Avenatti said the scheme was initiated by Nike Elite Youth Basketball executives Carlton DeBose along with Jamal James along with was carried out by Gary Franklin of California Supreme Youth Basketball.
Avenatti also made allegations claiming Zion Williamson’s mother, Sharonda Sampson, received payments via Nike during her son’s recruitment when he was attending high school in South Carolina. Williamson plays for the Duke Blue Devils.
Williamson Tweet: About of which denial by Coach K the some other day relating to payments by Nike…Can you please ask Zion Williamson’s mother – Sharonda Sampson – whether she was paid by @
nikefor bogus “consulting services” in 2016/17 as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke? Thx.
Duke’s Director of Athletics Kevin White said in a statement of which the university is actually looking into the allegations regarding Williamson along with his mother.
“We are aware of the allegation along with, as we might with any compliance matter, are looking into the item. Duke is actually fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules along with regulations. Every student-athlete at Duke is actually reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men’s basketball: all recruits along with their families are thoroughly vetted by Duke in collaboration with the NCAA through the Eligibility Center’s amateurism certification process.”
Williamson has risen as a freshman to be the most talked-about player in college basketball of which year. Williamson is actually the projected No. 1 pick inside the NBA draft along with just of which week accepted two national player-of the-year awards during the Final Four tournament.