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Sat Apr 6, 2019, 11:55 PM

Michael Avenatti releases documents alleging Nike paid top NCAA recruits

Source: Sporting News

Attorney Michael Avenatti claimed Saturday that Nike "bribed over 100 basketball players" in a bid to influence them to attend colleges with Nike contracts.

Avenatti, who was arrested last month for allegedly trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike by threatening to release damaging information, also suggested via Twitter that Duke star Zion Williamson's mother received "consulting" fees from Nike as a "bribe" to influence his decision to attend Duke, which has a Nike contract.

The celebrity attorney released dozens of documents via DropBox allegedly showing evidence that Nike made payments to associates of former Arizona star Deandre Ayton (now with the Phoenix Suns), Oregon's Bol Bol and former UNLV player Brandon McCoy.

Avenatti noted in a tweet: "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!"

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaabk/michael-avenatti-releases-documents-alleging-nike-paid-top-ncaa-recruits/ar-BBVGpxE





Attorney Michael Avenatti and Phoenix Suns star forward Deandre Ayton.

Documents released today by Avenatti suggest Nike engaged in a wide-reaching bribery scheme involving Ayton and others - a charge Nike describes as extortion on his part.

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Reply Michael Avenatti releases documents alleging Nike paid top NCAA recruits (Original post)
sandensea Apr 2019 OP
ProudLib72 Apr 2019 #1
Dr Hobbitstein Apr 2019 #3
jberryhill Apr 2019 #18
ProudLib72 Apr 2019 #31
jmowreader Apr 2019 #2
ancianita Apr 2019 #4
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #22
ancianita Apr 2019 #28
customerserviceguy Apr 2019 #37
vsrazdem Apr 2019 #5
EveHammond13 Apr 2019 #6
More_Cowbell Apr 2019 #11
jberryhill Apr 2019 #16
onenote Apr 2019 #26
FBaggins Apr 2019 #54
jberryhill Apr 2019 #56
forgotmylogin Apr 2019 #35
ripcord Apr 2019 #7
Kablooie Apr 2019 #8
cstanleytech Apr 2019 #12
Socal31 Apr 2019 #14
jberryhill Apr 2019 #17
mahina Apr 2019 #33
rockfordfile Apr 2019 #9
mathematic Apr 2019 #10
Igel Apr 2019 #38
Socal31 Apr 2019 #13
bitterross Apr 2019 #15
Laura PourMeADrink Apr 2019 #55
LuvLoogie Apr 2019 #59
Laura PourMeADrink Apr 2019 #60
MichMan Apr 2019 #19
watoos Apr 2019 #20
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #23
TexasBushwhacker Apr 2019 #32
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #34
Kaleva Apr 2019 #36
FreeState Apr 2019 #41
Gothmog Apr 2019 #21
FM123 Apr 2019 #24
vsrazdem Apr 2019 #25
get the red out Apr 2019 #53
Honeycombe8 Apr 2019 #27
DirtEdonE Apr 2019 #29
StillFeelingTheBern Apr 2019 #30
LenaBaby61 Apr 2019 #52
Politicub Apr 2019 #39
AlwaysRandy Apr 2019 #40
MichMan Apr 2019 #45
AlwaysRandy Apr 2019 #61
Judi Lynn Apr 2019 #42
sandensea Apr 2019 #44
jberryhill Apr 2019 #48
WhoWoodaKnew Apr 2019 #43
CrispyQ Apr 2019 #46
Name removed Apr 2019 #47
Name removed Apr 2019 #49
ck4829 Apr 2019 #50
unblock Apr 2019 #51
jberryhill Apr 2019 #57
Name removed Apr 2019 #58
Blue_Tires Apr 2019 #62

Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sat Apr 6, 2019, 11:57 PM

1. Avenatti 2020!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:12 AM

3. No. nt

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 06:58 AM

18. Bwahhhhahhhahhaha


Because we might as well elect another crook.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #18)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 11:43 AM

31. I can't help myself jberry

He's the Dem mirror of the Rump: sleazy, manipulative, and I don't really believe he's a Dem.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:07 AM

2. Why, Mr. Avenatti, should we believe any of this?

Sorry folks, I don't believe extortionists.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:15 AM

4. Burden of proof of extortion is on Nike. I believe Avenatti's got the evidence of Nike corruption.nt

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:23 AM

22. Since they have him on tape threatening to release the info if they dont pay, they've got it.

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #22)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:23 AM

28. Crap. nt

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Response to ancianita (Reply #4)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:08 PM

37. Probably

This is why a damned pair of sneakers costs so much. But that's only if you're willing to pay for name-brand crap that is made in Third World sweatshops by children.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #2)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:19 AM

5. Well, the paper trail in his drop box does not look good for Nike.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:23 AM

6. even if he is right, is this the way a reputable lawyer handles such things?

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 03:03 AM

11. No.

He tried to extort Nike to enter into contracts with him and his associates. Someone who believes that Nike is gaming the system, and exploiting kids, wouldn't do that.

It doesn't make his claims untrue. In fact, in my mind it makes them more likely to be true. Just not the way an ethical lawyer works (I am a member of a state bar myself, non practicing).

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 06:55 AM

16. No. He just wanted money to cover it up

...under the pretense of being hired as a consultant.

He wasn’t representing anyone with a claim of damages against them.

He’s just a cowardly grifter.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #16)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:54 AM

26. +1

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #16)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:23 AM

54. Exactly

He was perfectly willing to help them get away with it if they just paid him.

Classic shakedown.

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Response to FBaggins (Reply #54)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:51 AM

56. And, to be fair


...if he had a client with a claim of $X against them for some reason, then agreeing to settle a claim for $X on behalf of that client is fine. A side effect of such settlement may be that the claim goes away and doesn't become a public embarrassment to either party.

But that is very different from "you committed a crime, pay me $X as a phoney-baloney consultant, and it all goes away". That doesn't have anything to do with a client's claim or a client's interest, for that matter.

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Response to EveHammond13 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 03:18 PM

35. No. However, an entity who is a victim of extortion or blackmail

does not and should not receive a free pass for the crimes they may have been blackmailed about.

Investigating one crime can potentially unlock others.


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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 12:56 AM

7. If this was actually what Avenatti threatened Nike with

The prosecutors and probably the judge will not like him following through with his extortion threat, I predict the Bar Association to take action also.

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Response to ripcord (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 01:03 AM

8. If he really was extorting Nike I would think the bar would cancel his license...

whether he released the info or not.

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Response to ripcord (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:26 AM

12. On the other hand it could be argued they claimed extortion to try and silence him.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:33 AM

14. Uh no.

Extortion is a crime regardless of the accuracy and illegality of the information that one is threatening to expose.

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #12)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 06:56 AM

17. Ummmm...

The problem is that the subject of the extortion it was laid out in charging document.

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Response to ripcord (Reply #7)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 01:11 PM

33. And I'm guessing Nike won't be hiring him now, not that they ever would have.

All of it makes me want to take another shower.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 01:10 AM

9. I wouldn't be surprised

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 01:10 AM

10. Glad those kids got paid n/t

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Response to mathematic (Reply #10)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:15 PM

38. And at the same time,

it's just more corruption in higher ed.

I wonder if any of the bribery money paid to get financially entitled kids into college was recycled into bribing these, um, kids to go to those colleges.

Corruption's corruption.

Skewed playing field's a skewed playing field.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:31 AM

13. He stole money from a disabled client.

Hope he enjoys prison.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 04:36 AM

15. It's sad to see it confirmed that he's just another jerk attorney

I really wanted to like him when he was representing Stormy and hitting at Trump all the time. He always seemed a little slimy to me but I ignored it because he was bashing Trump pretty good.

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Response to bitterross (Reply #15)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:24 AM

55. Everything aside, he was the quickest, sharpest with

The trump comebacks. We need that now. I'd like to see every Dem who wants to run against trump in a contest of wit. If you have no game you're out.

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Response to Laura PourMeADrink (Reply #55)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 11:01 AM

59. Nancy is way better at it than him. So is Al Franken. So is Rosie O'Donnell. So is Hillary.

I remain skeptical of Mr. Avenatti.

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #59)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 11:25 AM

60. You have got to be kidding me????

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 07:43 AM

19. What is his basis for going after Nike so vigorously?

I have not heard that it was on behalf of a client. Just a personal vendetta or a shakedown?

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 07:58 AM

20. OT, but I wouldn't buy a shoe from Nike,

 

if it were the only shoe company in the world. I would go barefoot first. Yeah I know the other shoe companies are just as bad. I bought New Balance because they were made in America, I bought Red Wing boots because they were made in America but even those companies are making products overseas now.

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Response to watoos (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:24 AM

23. I think certain ones are still made here

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #32)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 02:03 PM

34. Thanks!

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Response to watoos (Reply #20)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 03:53 PM

36. I couldn't afford their shoes even if I wanted a pair.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:02 AM

21. Who cares?

No one is paying attention to this person

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:42 AM

24. Good, expose it all.

Sure, Avenatti is no boy scout - but Nike bribing over 100 basketball players in a bid to influence them over college decisions is NOT okay!


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Response to FM123 (Reply #24)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:49 AM

25. I agree. Avenatti is no boy scout with questionable scruples, but Nike bribing players is no better

than parents bribing colleges.

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Response to vsrazdem (Reply #25)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:21 AM

53. Agree!

Just fellow pigs wallowing in the same mud.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 09:33 AM

27. He needs to go away. nt

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:36 AM

29. Nike! It's worse than the college admissions scandal!

 

LOFL - if it's sports, it's OK.

Even though the college admission scandal used sports teams to sneak some of their candidates in via sports they never even played.

I'm sensing a theme here. The problem with higher education in America today just might have something to do with sports.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:51 AM

30. This guy is the worst

the worst thing to happen to the democratic party in years

ETA- nothing to do with this topic. I just cant stand this guy

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Response to StillFeelingTheBern (Reply #30)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:02 AM

52. "This guy is the worst thing to happen to the democratic party in years."

Uh no 😳😳

These things HERE (And especially the big, fat, brain-damaged, treasonous, sexist, grifting, racist, orange, old smelly one 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 are even worse threats to HUMANITY:



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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 05:12 PM

39. He's had his 15 minutes of fame

Wish he would just go away.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 07:46 PM

40. My jury is still out on Avenatti

He was the first one to stand up to Trump and Cohen. I don't understand all of the criticism for him. His nightly appearances on TV made the Mueller appointment happen. And the SDNY cases were instigated by Avenatti. My read is that he will come out on top.

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Response to AlwaysRandy (Reply #40)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:53 PM

45. What about the charges he is facing in California ?

Stole money that was awarded to his clients and kept it for himself.

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Response to MichMan (Reply #45)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 01:56 PM

61. thank you for responding --I have not seen Avenatti wrong--but if he was

he has admitted it ----and the charges in California are just that ----they are not convictions Avenatti said Cohen is going to jail and will be disbarred ---over a year ago--Avaenatti was pressing the case against Cohen/Trump-----and then a reporter asked Trump on Air Force One what he knew about it----Trump said ask Michael Cohen within days there was a raid on Cohen's office------I think that was caused by Avenatti ---Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti are unlikely heroes. But their odd partnership might turn out to create the clearest path to accountability at the highest levels of government. We should be grateful for their efforts.--this article says it better than I can----please read it and let me know what you think----and again thank you for responding -----https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/05/18/donald-trump-michael-avenatti-mueller-investigation-218403

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 08:25 PM

42. It never did seem he is stupid enough to involve himself in extortion.

This should be really interesting as it unfolds.

Thank you for the information, sandensea.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #42)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:41 PM

44. You're welcome, Judi.

I certainly hope he doesn't turn out to be an extortionist in the way d'Alessio was for Macri.

If Avenatti found real wrongdoing by Nike, he's brave to come forward like this; if not, he should do us all a favor and make himself scarce.

We'll see where this goes.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #42)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 02:04 PM

48. He's obviously that stupid


He's been running his law practice like a Ponzi scheme and pretty much needed that $20 million well before now.

The fact that he's got dirt on Nike doesn't change the fact that his plan was to extort them. In fact, it demonstrates that, yes, he did have something to extort them over.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Sun Apr 7, 2019, 10:02 PM

43. Here's the deal. Some coaches try to play by the rules...

and the ones that cheat usually keep their jobs and the ones that don't (unless they're legends) don't last as long.

So it's not totally unlike what Trump does. I'm not good with cheating regardless of the industry.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Mon Apr 8, 2019, 11:35 AM

46. Oh Michael, your 15 minutes are over!

Go away!

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 07:27 AM

50. Hmmm....

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 07:38 AM

51. kinda makes a big part of the prosecution's case against him, doesn't it?

obviously, making a threat to release embarrassing information is a key part of an extortion case, and the prosecution still has to demonstrate this.

but this proves that he had embarrassing information and that he might release it, at least under certain conditions.

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Response to unblock (Reply #51)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 08:53 AM

57. Indeed, he should find a lawyer


He has proven "if you don't pay me, I'll go public with it". He didn't get paid, and he went public.

That is distinguishable from simply going public, without first stopping to see how much they'll pay.

The "it" being, pointedly, evidence of criminal activity, and nothing involving an actual civil monetary claim on behalf of a client.

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Response to sandensea (Original post)

Tue Apr 9, 2019, 04:23 PM

62. Good... Duke has skated for far too long...

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