August 18th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Newly released evidence in the federal government’s criminal case against attorney Michael Avenatti suggests employees at Nike were paying high-profile college basketball prospects’ handlers and families tens of thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments. In an email on July 30, 2016, Carlton DeBose — the director of Nike’s EYBL grassroots basketball division — wrote that bidding for top players reached as much as $100,000. In the email to Nico Harrison, the company’s vice president of North American basketball operations, DeBose suggested Nike was still at a disadvantage against competitors such as Adidas and Under Armour in efforts to secure top prospects. -Mark Schlabach, ESPN. Read More.

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