Duke Looking Into Michael Avenatti's Claims That Nike Paid Zion Williamson

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Avenatti shared a 41-page document over social media, but it did not contain anything specific mentioning Williamson.

Avenatti was arrested last month in NY, and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY charged him with attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to make damaging charges against the company.

Avenatti feels emboldened when Nike and Duke don't come right out and issue denials about his accusations.

Avenatti claimed the "evidence is now in the hands of law enforcement".

"Was it fair for some colleges to lose out on recruits because Nike had bribed the recruits with illegal payments so they would play at other "Nike" schools?"

It is significant that Avenatti's is targeting Nike which was so far immune from allegations relating to the college basketball scandal that was probed by federal investigators.

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Duke University addressed Michael Avenatti's claims that Nike paid superstar freshman Zion Williamson's mother Sharonda Sampson, for "bogus consulting services" to play basketball at the school.

Robertson said Williamson's footwork caught his attention watching him play this season. McCoy went to UNLV, Ayton to Arizona and Bol to Oregon. Ayton played for Arizona, a Nike-sponsored school, for one season before being selected by the Suns with the overall first pick of the 2018 National Basketball Association draft. He is expected to enter the NBA Draft and is projected to be chosen No. 1 overall.

Avenatti allegedly told Nike that he would release evidence Nike funneled money to college basketball recruits-such payments would be in violation of NCAA rules-unless he was paid $22.5 million. Bol's handler received $57,000 in 2017, according to Avenatti. Redacted bank statements, invoices and text messages appear among the submitted documents. Public records show it was registered in 1994 and lists Manning as its CEO.

Franklin worked for Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League and was the trainer for California Supreme Basketball which had Bol, Ayton, and McCoy as alumni. The documents also claim the center's family was given money for travel expenses.

Avenatti, perhaps best known for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, is facing federal extortion charges against Nike, with up to 100 years in prison on the table if he's convicted of them all. "I would really like to thank my mom for pushing me after every practice, every game".

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