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Michael Avenatti moves to file recordings of Nike phone conversations in federal court



Michael Avenatti’s extortion trial could unveil more salacious information in the ongoing investigation into how college basketball has been influenced by shoe companies.

Scheduled to stand trial Jan. 21 in the Southern District of New York, Avenatti is charged with attempted extortion of Nike for allegedly threatening to reveal how the company moved money through the grassroots EYBL basketball league.

In preparation of the trial, Avenatti’s defense is trying to expose as much criminal behavior as possible by Nike. The former coach Avenatti represented, Gary Franklin, compiled 16 recordings of telephone conversations with Nike officials from the EYBL circuit. A Yahoo report explains what could be contained in the recordings.

The details of the recordings are currently unknown. However, an email between Franklin and Jeffrey Auerbach, who is described as Franklin’s “advisor/consultant,” contains passages where Auerbach summarizes one of the recordings.

“Gary listened [sic] to the tape. This guy is something else,” the email from Auerbach reads, not identifying who the “guy” is. “He and Carlton come into your house, your program, which you’ve been running long before they ever got to Nike, and give you a directive you can’t refuse (so why even ask?) and inject criminal elements and behavior …”

The information in the recordings could potentially tie Nike payments to elite players and prestigious college basketball programs. That’s a big if. Throughout the college basketball federal trials judges have limited the scope of what is admissible in court. The judge is expected to make a ruling on the recordings before the trial begins in two weeks.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

12 Comments for Michael Avenatti moves to file recordings of Nike phone conversations in federal court

  1. Wildcat72
    11:55 am January 7, 2020 Permalink

    Yeah, Avenatti is the icon of a scumbag lawyer.

    • BlueGrass
      12:41 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      I remember when everyone called Jose Conseco (baseball) a scumbag when he exposed baseball’s steroid problem…only to find out a couple years later he was actually the only honest one. Avenatti is probably a huge scumbag, but that doesn’t mean he’s a liar. Let’s hear the tapes! I hope they come out. Dukies…the are praying now they won’t.

    • 4everUKBlue
      12:44 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      I agree with BG, let’s hear about Zion getting paid to go to dook, hope they bust Mavin Bagley II as well.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:47 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Better get Avenatti into protective custody. Even that might not be enough.

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:54 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Yep he might get Epsteined.

  2. Bruce Dickinson
    1:06 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    It wouldn’t matter if count k was on video paying a recruit, nothing will happen to Duke.

    • Wildcat72
      1:07 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      If Dook did anything the NCAA will immediately issue a personal apology to Coach K.

  3. Han
    2:36 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    NCAA still hasn’t punished Louisville for breaking probation by paying a recruit. I’m not gonna hold my breath of any of this mattering.

    Relatedly, it doesn’t matter if Avenatti can provide videos of Coach K giving Zion, Bagley, Okafor, Irving, and every other Duke player of the last decade fistfuls of money and car keys. It doesn’t matter if the NCAA somehow grows a backbone and gives the Death Penalty to Duke. It doesn’t matter if everyone involved admits it’s all true. No matter any of that, a lot of people around this fanbase and the state are still going to call Avenatti a scumbag liar because he was involved in exposing bad/illegal behavior of their favorite political team’s current quarterback. Go team!

    A lot of cognitive dissonance around these parts for people who want our rivals to go down but can’t root for a guy who their political team hates and is trying to paint as a purveyor of fake news. (News Flash: The people who turn on criminals are usually scum themselves because criminals are surrounded by scum. Avenatti being scum doesn’t change the facts he helped expose.)

    • 4everUKBlue
      2:59 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      Scumbags usually are vulnerable to being ratted on by other scumbags. As far as the political arena, they are all scumbags, especially in DC. You don’t get chosen to run this Country’s corporation without being a scumbag criminal.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:59 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      So it’s fine for you to call him a scumbag liar, but other UK fans had better not do it, because that would be hypocritical. Got it.

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:26 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

      It sounds like he’s saying it’s ok to call him a scumbag because he is one but not if you’re simply politically motivated.

  4. CrystalBall
    6:04 pm January 7, 2020 Permalink

    What is happening with Will Wade and Sean Miller? Are there ongoing investigations? Have nothing against Wade. Is a fine young coach. Why is he still coaching when he was recorded paying recruits?