Nike Releases Statement In Response To Latest Allegations
01:08, Apr 9, 2019
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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 NY in March for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike by threatening to take his allegations public.
Here's the thing. Even if Williamson's mom did get paid by Nike and that led Zion to attend Duke, what's the worst that can happen to him?
In a series of tweets, Avenatti claims Nike has a lot to hide regarding payments for college basketball recruits and steering them to attend Nike schools. "Nike knew, from the very first moment that I had any contact with Nike, that I was insisting that the truth about what Nike had done be disclosed to federal prosecutors and investigators".
"Nike is guilty of rampant criminal conduct in bribing players for years and has been striving for weeks now to distract away from their bribery and fraud perpetrated at the highest levels".
The California attorney who was recently arrested and charged with trying to extort Nike, recently tweeted out an accusation that Williamson's mother, Sharonda Sampson, took bribes, TMZ reported. "Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case".
"We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it", White wrote.
Nike didn't address specifics in a statement provided to Yahoo!
Duke University saidSaturday it was "looking into" allegations that star freshman basketball player Zion Williamson's mother was paid by Nike. He's won several national player of the year awards and is expected to be the No. 1 pick in June's NBA Draft. "Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility".
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Avenatti's Nike documents also showed the brand's alleged payments to some associates linked with amateur basketball players including former OR star Bol Bol, Deandre Ayton and Brandon McCoy. He has previously denied any wrongdoing in a scandal involving improper payments that has rocked the college basketball world.
The Chronicle has left a voicemail and sent a text message to a number listed for Sampson, and has reached out over Facebook to a profile appearing to be Sampson in a message for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.
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