Michael Avenatti Michael  Avenatti  Accuses  Nike  of  Paying  Loan  to  DeAndre  Ayton’s  Mother

Michael Avenatti Michael Avenatti Accuses Nike of Paying Loan to DeAndre Ayton’s Mother

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti Attorney  Michael  Avenatti,  who  is  representing  an  alleged  R.  Kelly  victim,  speaks  to  press reporters  at  the  Leighton  Lawbreaker  Court house  in  Chicago  after  the  R&B  vocalist  got in  a  not  guilty  plea  to  all  10  counts  of  intensified  criminal  sexual  abuse,  Monday  morning,  Feb.  25,  2019. (AP  Picture/Teresa  Crawford)

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After getting charged with extortion and bank and wire scams Monday, attorney Michael Avenatti took to Twitter on Tuesday to allege that Nike gave money payments to the mother of Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton and the handlers of Oregon freshman Bol Bol.

Avenatti likewise alleged that Nike is attempting to “cover up” corruption that speeds up from the “highest levels” of the company:

Oregon head coach Dana Altman later on spoke to reporters about the claims from Avenatti, decreasing to remark.

“I don’t have any information on that,” Altman stated, per James Crepea of The Oregonian. “I have no factor to believe any of it’s accurate. Until I get more info I don’t have any comment.”

The 48- year-old Avenatti appeared in court Monday prior to getting released on $300,000 bond. It is declared that he tried to extort $20 million from Nike “by threatening to use his ability to garner promotion to inflict substantial financial and reputational damage on the business if his demands were not satisfied,” per ESPN.com’s Mark Schlabach.

Prior to his arrest Monday, Avenatti tweeted that he prepared to hold a press conference Tuesday to go public with accusations against Nike:

According to ESPN, a grievance detailed the extortion accusations against Avenatti:

“Avenatti mentioned that he would refrain from holding the press conference and harming Nike just if Nike made a payment of $1.5 million to a customer of Avenatti’s in ownership of details damaging to Nike … and concurred to ‘retain’ Avenatti and [the co-conspirator] to conduct an ‘internal investigation’—an investigation that Nike did not demand, for which Avenatti and [the co-conspirator] required to be paid, at a minimum, between $15 [million] and $25 million.”

The customer Avenatti referenced is apparently AAU coach Gary Franklin of the California Supreme in Los Angeles. Franklin coached numerous current NBA players, consisting of Ayton.

Avenatti apparently told Nike during a March 19 conference that Franklin had evidence that “one or more Nike staff members had licensed and moneyed payments to the households of top high school basketball gamers and/or their households and tried to conceal those payments, comparable to conduct involving a rival business [Adidas] that had just recently been the subject of a criminal prosecution in this district.”

In addition to the $1.5 million Avenatti supposedly demanded for Franklin, who was formerly under contract with Nike, Avenatti was likewise stated to have called for Nike to pay him and his “co-conspirator” (believed to be attorney Mark Geragos) millions of dollars in exchange for performing an internal investigation.

On a phone call, Avenatti reportedly told a Nike agent that he and his “co-conspirator” would settle for a lump sum of $22.5 million in exchange for privacy.

Ayton played one season of college basketball at the University of Arizona prior to the Suns selected him with the No. 1 general pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

Rather than finalizing a shoe offer with Nike, Ayton signed a four-year, multimillion-dollar contract with Puma previous to the draft.

As a rookie, Ayton is balancing 16.3 points and 10.2 rebounds for the Suns, making him one of the NBA’s leading Rookie of the Year candidates.

As for Bol, his freshman season came to an early end after a foot injury. In his minimal action, Bol averaged 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.

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