August 16th, 2019 | by CollegeAD

Accused extortionist Michael Avenatti filed a motion in court earlier this week alleging “corruption and the use of under-the-table payouts to elite high school players within Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball (EYBL) division,” according to Yahoo! Sports. As part of the filing, Avenatti cited records of text messages between EYBL executives that showed a willingness to do “whatever may be needed for the Zion/Romeo situations”.  For their part, Duke responded to the allegations that Zion Williamson was involved in any payments that would have jeopardized his amateur status in a statement provided to Action Network’s Darren Rovell through Deputy Director of Athletics for Men’s Basketball Jon Jackson. Avenatti threatened to “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetuated by @Nike…” on Twitter, then was arrested and charged with attempting to extort Nike for monetary gain. Nike released in a statement that it will continue cooperating with the investigation. – Adam Rowe, The Devil’s Den, Read More

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