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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Michael Avenatti accuses Nike exec Carlton DeBose of bribing high schoolers


One of the interesting side stories to the college basketball scandal that’s being tried in court has been the accusations made by Michael Avenatti.

Avenatti, known to many as the attorney who represented Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Donald Trump, has accused Nike of behavior similar to what got Adidas executives in trouble with the law.

Avenatti accused Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball program, of bribing over 100 high school players to play for Nike-sponsored colleges.

Avenatti was arrested on March 25 and charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to extort Nike. Avenatti allegedly was threatening to hold a press conference in which he would unveil improper activities between Nike and high school/college programs unless they paid him $25 million. He is still attempting to drum up interest in his information by sending these tweets.

Avenatti has also alleged that payments were made by Nike to former Arizona star Deandre Ayton, who ended up the No. 1 pick by the Phoenix Suns.

Ayton was at the center of a scandal involving Sean Miller.

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