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Thread: Michael Avenatti Comes for Nike

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    I know everyone knows by now that Nike had Avenatti arrested for blackmail, and now Avenatti has done a document dump of the receipts. I personally know that Avenatti's allegations are probably true, since I heard some things from other parents in the recruiting process while taking my son around to look at college football programs a couple years ago.

    Michael Avenatti dumped 41 pages of documents alleging Nike bribed basketball players

    • Attorney Michael Avenatti on Saturday tweeted a link to evidence he claims shows "Nike bribed players to attend 'Nike' colleges."
    • He also made allegations against Duke University's Zion Williamson.
    • Nike said it won't respond to "allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the [NCAA] tournament."




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    Published 9:30 AM ET Sun, 7 April 2019 Updated 7 Hours AgoCNBC.com










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    Michael Avenatti, attorney and founding partner of Eagan Avenatti LP, speaks to members of the media outside the federal court in New 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."






    "This evidence is now in the hands of law enforcement," Avenatti said on Twitter. "Still waiting for Nike to deny they paid bribes and lied to the government for years about it. They know they did it and are guilty as hell."


    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/07/nike...legations.html
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    1/2 - Here is a link to only SOME of the evidence showing Nike bribed players to attend "Nike" colleges. This evidence is now in the hands of law enforcement. Nike bribed over 100 players as part of their scheme and purposely hid the payments from the NCAA & fed investigators...


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    2/2 - Nike should be criminally indicted on well over 200 counts and 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 It Nike!https://www.dropbox.com/s/ruwyotghvprxg7b/Nike%20Corruption.pdf?dl=0 …


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    Nike said in a statement to CNBC that it won't respond to the latest Avenatti allegations, pointing to the fact that the celebrity lawyer currently faces fraud and extortion charges.
    Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the tournament. Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case.
    This all comes after Avenatti, who has gained widespread notoriety in the past year for representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, was arrested and charged in New York in March for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike by threatening to take his allegations public.

    At that 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 and debts," according to prosecutors.

    Now, in the midst of the NCAA men's Final Four basketball playoff, Avenatti is still trying to take down Nike. He claims evidence that 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 and Oregon Ducks' Bol Bol.

    The documents include what appear to be bank statements, invoices and text messages. Avenatti said the scheme was initiated by Nike Elite Youth Basketball executives Carlton DeBose and Jamal James and was carried out by Gary Franklin of California Supreme Youth Basketball.

    Avenatti also made allegations claiming Zion Williamson's mother, Sharonda Sampson, received payments from Nike during her son's recruitment when he was attending high school in South Carolina. Williamson plays for the Duke Blue Devils.
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    .@DukeMBB - About this denial by Coach K the other day relating to payments by Nike...Can you please ask Zion Williamson’s mother - Sharonda Sampson - whether she was paid by @nike for bogus “consulting services” in 2016/17 as part of a Nike bribe to get Zion to go to Duke? Thx.


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    Duke's Director of Athletics Kevin White said in a statement that the university is looking into the allegations regarding Williamson and his mother.
    "We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it. Duke is fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations. Every student-athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men's basketball: all recruits and 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 this year. Williamson is the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and just this week accepted two national player-of the-year awards during the Final Four tournament.
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    True or not, I'm not sure Avenatti has any credibility anymore. And it doesn't change the fact that if he'd gotten his payoff, he wouldn't be going public now. He outsmarted himself, and Nike outmaneuvered him big time. Their guilt won't exonerate him. So he can just stop with the whistleblower bullshit when this was really just all about the money.
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    They’re both probably dirty so it’s only fair that both go down.
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    No argument there. It just would have been better if he hadn't tried to exhort them first.
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    I should have tried to exhort Lori Laughlin. He would have gotten farther.
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    I follow him on Twitter. I love how he trashes people, he gets trashed himself. it's a chisme fest in there.

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    Boom. Guilty on all counts. And California hasn't even had their shot at him yet.

    He really took in a lot of people for awhile, myself included. What a crash and burn.
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    Michael Avenatti sobbed as he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison

    We were so desperate during the Trump years. Desperate enough to believe a p0rn star’s con-man lawyer was the answer. He was not. Michael Avenatti gained fame in the early Trump years because he was Stormy Daniels’ lawyer. He was so anti-Trump that we wanted to believe in him and we thought supporting him meant we were supporting Stormy. Stormy ended up firing him when she saw what he really was, and he went down in flames over the course of 2018 and 2019. He was arrested multiple times for multiple crimes. Somehow, the most serious crime ended up being Avenatti’s attempt to extort Nike for $20 million. Nike put the hammer down and now Avenatti is going to prison.

    A federal judge on Thursday sentenced attorney Michael Avenatti to 2 1/2 years behind bars for an extortion plot against Nike that the lawyer himself said should make his children “ashamed” of their dad. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe in New York marked another crushing blow for the 50-year-old Avenatti who was once one of the most familiar faces on cable TV news, as representative of former porn star Stormy Daniels.

    Speaking through sobs, Avenatti said he was truly sorry for all the pain he has caused and that he betrayed his values, his profession and his family.

    “I will never have the privilege of practicing law again, I am deeply humbled before you today. I have destroyed my career, my relationships and my life,” he told the court. “Every father wants their children to be proud of them. I want mine to be ashamed. Because if they are ashamed, it means their moral compass is exactly where it should be.”

    While Judge Gardephe said Avenatti had no previous criminal record, the lawyer’s conduct in this case was “outrageous.” He “hijacked his client’s claims, and he used those claims to further his own agenda, which was to extort millions of dollars from Nike for himself,” Gardephe said.

    “Michael Avenatti used illegal and extortionate threats and betrayed one of his clients for the purpose of seeking to obtain millions of dollars for himself,” U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said. “Not only did Avenatti attempt to weaponize his law license and celebrity to seek to extort payments for himself, he also defrauded his own client. Avenatti will now serve substantial time in prison for his criminal conduct.”

    [From NBC News]

    I do have to wonder if there aren’t more than a few con-man lawyers quaking in their boots this week. It’s become more and more of a thing, charging the lawyers and sending the lawyers to prison. Michael Cohen, Michael Avenatti, and maybe Rudy Giuliani next? Anyway, send all of these a–holes to jail. They’re all of the same kind of mold, like they think they’re mobbed-up loudmouths who can shout down reasonable people. Enjoy prison, a–holes.

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