Michael Avenatti Demonstrates What NOT To Do When Facing Federal Extortion Charges

Michael Avenatti Demonstrates What NOT To Do When Facing Federal Fraud and Extortion Charges

Nike says it won’t respond to “allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the [NCAA] tournament.”

Sports apparel giant Nike says it won’t respond to the latest allegations made on Twitter by huckster Michael Avenatti that the company made illicit payments to the families of high school athletes to lure them to certain “Nike” colleges.

This latest outburst by the carnival barker-esque lawyer would be funny were it not so sad.

This all comes after Avenatti, who has gained widespread notoriety in the past year for representing aging porn star Stormy Daniels in unfruitful lawsuits against President Donald Trump and his former lawyer Michael Cohen, was arrested and charged in New York in March for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike by threatening to take his allegations public. At that same time, he was also separately charged in a second federal case in Los Angeles for embezzling a client’s money “in order to pay his own expenses and debts,” according to prosecutors.

Now, in the midst of the NCAA men’s Final Four basketball playoff, Avenatti is still trying to take down Nike, claiming he has evidence that more than $170,000 has been paid out by the retailer to family members of basketball players including the Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton, former University of Nevada Las Vegas player Brandon McCoy, Oregon Ducks’ Bol Bol and Duke Blue Devils’ Zion Williamson.

“Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the tournament,” a Nike spokesperson told CNBC in a statement in response to Avenatti’s tweets. “Nike will continue its cooperation with the government’s investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case.”

7 Replies to “Michael Avenatti Demonstrates What NOT To Do When Facing Federal Fraud and Extortion Charges”

  1. Karmafan

    Even though he is a douchebag that doesn’t mean he is wrong. College sports is a notoriously dirty business Kickbacks and bribes to athletes and their families is a pretty common thing.

  2. Sam Langhorne

    Certainly. My point, however, is that it may not be a smart move to continue attacking the people you are alleged to have been threatening and extorting lol

  3. abba2971

    i do agree with the 2 of you’s on this, but because Avenatti keeps proving what a nut job he is, i’m leaning towards with what Sam Langhorne said.

  4. mharris127

    Michael Avenatti fucked up when he pissed off Donald Trump. I expect him to be prosecuted federally on whatever the DOJ can find. This is probably the first of many criminal cases he will be implicated in — some with actual evidence and some fabricated just to make sure he suffers for the rest of his life because he facilitated Stormy Daniels’ defense against Trump’s lawsuit and for his verbal attacks of our President. That is one thing you don’t do in the public manner that Avenatti did — especially in the court system and expect to live “free” in the USA. He better hope Trump loses the election of 2020 and leaves power quietly (the latter is unlikely). If Trump becomes Dictator Trump, Avenatti (along with Daniels) will likely be tortured slowly for days and then painfully executed. If Trump does leave power peacefully, Avenatti will still spend the rest of his life in prison. Other American attorneys will learn that you don’t do anything against a sitting President and expect to come out as a free man.

  5. Karmafan

    For sure Trump is gonna get reelected most likely. Dems have no one thats amazing to overcome Trump’s voting base.

  6. Karmafan

    Notice how Dems are slowly getting chopped down one at a time. First Sanders was a socialist, then Warren was Pocahontas, now Biden is a touchy feely hugger. Thats probably a deliberate plan to undermine any Dems that might be able to beat Trump.

  7. spawn777

    The “problem” is someone forgot to inform Trump not to sink his own campaign. I find disheartening that so many on this board side with someone who represents so many horrible human traits, but it’s funny that can identify Langhorn’s “journalism” faster than i can identify a headline a headline as being from Fox News, NY Daily News, or Washinton Times. Enough politics, but i enjoy frequent commenters on here because of their unexpected compassion amidst their critique. I respect them forwarding their opinions without being guided by bullying dogma.

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