Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Duke Reportedly Looking Into Claim That Nike Paid Zion Williamson's Mother?!?!

This weekend, attorney Michael Avenatti continued to accuse Nike of making payments to the families of top high school basketball players, taking to Twitter to release documents that he believes support his claim. The documents, shared in PDF form through Dropbox, allege that about $170,000 was paid by Nike to people connected to top recruits such as DeAndre Ayton, Bol Bol, and Brandon McCoy. Additional details in the documents suggest that some of the payments were billed to Nike through fraudulent invoices disguised as business expenses. Another takeaway from Avenatti's recent tweetstorm is an accusation that Nike paid Zion Williamson's mother Sharonda Sampson as a bribe to get him to play at Duke. According to ESPN, Duke athletic director Kevin White said the school is "looking into" the claim. Williamson, the projected top overall pick in June's NBA Draft, is expected to receive potential record-breaking offers for his services from sneaker companies this summer. 
He dominated headlines in February, when he blew out his Nike PG 2.5 sneakers, causing him to miss a month of action due to a knee sprain. Avenatti has yet to provide visual proof of any payments to persons connected to Williamson.