Nike Won't Respond To Latest Allegations By Attorney Michael Avenatti

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The texts - the authenticity of which can not be independently verified - are part of 41 pages of documents that celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti posted Saturday morning on Twitter in the latest salvo against Nike.

Nike issued a statement stating it won't respond to allegations from celebrity lawyer, Michael Avenatti, that the company paid more than $170,000 to incentivize elite basketball players to attend Nike-sponsored colleges.

"If they draft me, I would love to play for them".

"This evidence is now in the hands of law enforcement", Avenatti said on Twitter. "Other schools should be outraged because they never had a shot".

On Saturday morning, he posted a PDF with 41 pages of documents entitled: "Nike corruption".

Did Nike route payments via Franklin? .

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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Avenatti tweeted Friday night that Nike paid Williamson's mom, Sharonda Sampson, for "bogus consulting services" as part of a "bribe" to get the Williamson to attend Duke.

Williamson, who last week was named AP Player of the Year and CBS Sports Player and Freshman of the Year, is expected to be the top pick in the National Basketball Association draft.

In a third, he wrote, "Nike should be criminally indicted on well over 200 counts and should also explain why they misled their investors/the SEC. Just Do It Nike!".

"We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it", Duke athletic director Kevin White said in a statement. "Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case", the apparel company said in a statement via Dan Wetzel.

Avenatti feels confident enough to call out Nike with one scathing tweet after another.

Avenatti was arrested last month in NY, and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of NY charged him with attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening to make damaging charges against the company. "In men's basketball, for the past several summers, Duke compliance officials, top recruits and their families have engaged in and cooperated fully with the NCAA Eligibility Center's enhanced amateurism certification process".

Watch FN's interview with Nike trainer Joe Holder below.

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