They cited, for instance, proof that an unspecified University of Kentucky men's basketball assistant coach exchanged text messages with a Nike youth league director alleging that the company's plan to pay elite high school players included New Orleans rookie and No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson, as well as Romeo Langford, chosen 14th in the NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
In October, a federal jury in NY convicted former Adidas executive James Gatto, Adidas consultant Merl Code and aspiring business manager Christian Dawkins on felony charges of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud for their roles in pay-for-play schemes to influence recruits to sign with Adidas-sponsored schools, including Kansas and Louisville.
"Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion".
While Williamson wound up at Duke, a Nike school, Langford played his one-and-done season at IN, which is sponsored by Adidas. "Nike will continue its cooperation with the government's investigation into grassroots basketball and the related extortion case", a Nike spokesperson told Sole Collector. He has pleaded not guilty to the various charges.
"However, Avenatti alleges that after approving a $70,000 payment for Langford, Williamson and an unnamed third player from MI, that Nike EYBL coordinator Carlton DeBose instructed EYBL director Jamal James and Nike recruiting coordinator John Stovall to "'stay aggressive" while he got "creative' with the budget", according to the motion. "Of these approximate 38 teams, these arrangements are being viewed as a contract by the families and players'".
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Neither has Nick Boles, the independent MP who quit the Conservatives over Brexit and who also received the appeal. Jo Swinson, the party's new leader, does not think he is the right man for the job.
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Antonio Rudiger and Willian could both return after knee injuries but Callum Hudson-Odoi is still out with an Achilles problem. They were then beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in midweek.
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She added: "I have to work on my album and I have a lot to focus on that I don't want to do the big wedding now. The voluptuous lyricist continued: 'I'm very happy about that because my baby makes me so happy'.
Avenatti's team does not include any evidence of Baker saying she gave a specific player cash. 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. The lawyer represented Gary Franklin, a former coach of the EYBL's California Supreme.
"While the FBI was conducting its criminal investigation into the illegal payment to Daniels, Mr. Avenatti was President Trump's chief antagonist in the civil arena and in the court of public opinion", the motion says. It also alleges payments for $10,000 in cash to Ayton's mother and travel expenses for his family, $15,000 to former UNLV player Brandon McCoy's handler Shaun Manning and over $42,000 to McDonald when he was working with Bol Bol.
Franklin retained Avenatti in March 2019.
Avenatti stands accused of trying to extort money from Nike to help cover up the scandal.