Did Nike Bribe Zion Williamson? Shoe Model ‘Will Not Respond,’ Says Spokesperson

Zion Williamson

Here's the thing. Even if Williamson's mom did get paid by Nike and that led Zion to attend Duke, what's the worst that can happen to him?

Previous allegations included former Arizona star Deandre Ayton and OR freshman Bol Bol.

Top shoe brand Nike has refused to react to the allegations made by celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti that it bribed high school athletes including Zion Williamson for joining "Nike" colleges via family members.

"We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it", White wrote. The big change: The teams who finish with the three worst regular-season records will each have a 14 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, which every reputable draft expert believes will be used to select Duke's Zion Williamson, a point-center with preposterous athleticism and superstar potential.

Michael Avenatti, the celebrity lawyer who gained notoriety over the a year ago for his involvement in adult film actress Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Donald Trump, has spent his time recently alleging Nike of corruption.

Nike issued a statement Saturday saying: "Nike will not respond to the allegations of an individual facing federal charges of fraud and extortion and aid in his disgraceful attempts to distract from the athletes on the court at the height of the (NCAA) tournament".

It is significant that Avenatti's is targeting Nike which was so far immune from allegations relating to the college basketball scandal that was probed by federal investigators.

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Avenatti also says Nike's "most senior execs" knew about the bribes.

Nike has sponsored Duke Athletics since 1992 and recently signed an extension through 2027.

Avenatti tweeted that DeBose "has bribed over 100 high school players over the past four years" to play at schools affiliated with Nike.

"This evidence is now in the hands of law enforcement", Avenatti said on Twitter.

Avenatti was indicted March 25 for allegedly extorting the sneaker company for upwards of $20 million with information about illicit payments to players' families and handlers.

"To be honest, I have no comment on that", Ayton told the Arizona Republic on March 27 after Avenatti first mentioned him in connection with Nike. The documents included what Avenatti said were emails and text message conversations between Nike employees and associates of the players, as well as bank statements that showed the alleged payments. This spring, Bol declared to enter the 2019 National Basketball Association draft. He has previously denied any wrongdoing in a scandal involving improper payments that has rocked the college basketball world.

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