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Michael Avenatti, lawyer and founder partner Eagan Avenatti LP, tells media members outside the federal court in New York, USA, on Monday, March 25, 2019.
Nike says he will not respond to the latest claims by celebrity lawyer Michaela Avenatti that a tennis shoe maker made illegal payments to high school athletes' families to lure them into certain "Nike" schools, including current Duke University Zion Williamson.
Avenatti 2: Nike should be charged with more than 200 counts of indictments and should also explain why they deceive their investors / DIP. If lying or docs are not readable, I challenge the issue stating that no one has paid a bribe. Just do it Nike!
Williamson was not named in the dump of documents at the weekend, but Avenatti published the allegations on Twitter.
Williamson Tweet: About the Refusal of Coach K, which relates to Nike's payments … Can you pray to the mother of Zion Williamson – Sharon Sampson – is she paid
nikefor false "consultancy services" in 2016/17. as part of Nike's bribe that Sion would go to Duke? Thank you.
All this happened after Avenatti, who became famous for being a porn star Stormy Daniels last year in lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, was arrested and charged in March in New York for trying to extort millions of dollars Nike threatening to make his claims public. At the same time, he was also separately indicted in another federal case in Los Angeles due to the embezzlement of his client's money "to pay his own expenses and debts," the prosecutors say.
Now, in the midst of the NCAA's basketball play for men in the finals, Avenatti is still trying to download Nike, claiming he has evidence that the retailer has paid more than $ 170,0000 to basketball players, including Phoenix Suns, "Deandre Ayton, former Las Vegas player , Nevada University, Brandon McCoy, Bol Bol in Oregon, and Duke Blue Devils & Williamson.
"Nike will not respond to allegations of an individual who faces federal allegations of fraud and extortion and aid in his embarrassing attempts to turn the attention of athletes on the pitch at the top of the tournament," Nike spokeswoman said in response to Avenat tweets. "Nike will continue to cooperate with the government's investigation of the basketball mass and the related case of extortion."
Duke's director of athletics Kevin White said in a statement that the university was investigating allegations of Williamson and his mother.
"We are aware of the allegations and, as we would do with any compliance issue, we are checking out, fully complying with the compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations.Every student-athlete in Duke is reviewed to ensure their suitability.for men's basketball: all recruits and their families have been thoroughly tested by Duke in collaboration with NCAA through the process of certification of the amateurism Center for Acceptability. "
Williamson grew up as a bride to discuss this basketball basketball this year. Williamson is projected number 1 in the NBA draft and only this week he received two awards for national players of the year at the Final Four tournament.