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Sport With Michael Avenatti trial looming, new Nike documents prompt questions

07:30  06 january  2020
07:30  06 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

Avenatti Was $15M In Debt When He Tried To Extort Nike, Prosecutors Say

  Avenatti Was $15M In Debt When He Tried To Extort Nike, Prosecutors Say Last week, the California State Bar said it wants Avenatti placed on involuntary inactive status because they say he poses a threat to clients and the public if he continues doing legal work.Both sides made the assertions in court papers filed late Tuesday in advance of a Jan. 22 criminal trial in Manhattan, giving U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe time to decide what the jury will be allowed to hear and see.

With Michael Avenatti trial looming , new Nike documents prompt questions . The Avenatti filing questions why Nike produced only an additional 6,300 pages after Avenatti 's arrest in March 2019 and why these added 4,000 documents are emerging only now, with the trial just a few weeks away.

Michael Avenatti , a lawyer, was arrested and charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike through threats of negative publicity right Michael Avenatti , the lawyer best known for representing the pornographic film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against President Trump, arrived in New

In August 2019, Michael Avenatti's lawyers filed a motion in his federal extortion case that caused a stir. They revealed alleged payments to former college stars Zion Williamson (Duke) and Romeo Langford (Indiana), and the motion alleged that “Nike executives had arranged for and concealed payments, often in cash, to amateur basketball players.”

Michael Avenatti wearing a suit and tie: California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court on Dec. 17 in New York to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court on Dec. 17 in New York to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The motion opened a compelling window into the underbelly of grassroots basketball. Memorably, one Nike employee expressed concern about carrying so much cash through an airport and texted that she'd “just say I sold my car,” if she were questioned by airport security.

Avenatti says evidence he's cash-strapped doesn't belong in Nike extortion trial

  Avenatti says evidence he's cash-strapped doesn't belong in Nike extortion trial Michael Avenatti does not want U.S. prosecutors to present evidence at his criminal trial this month that his alleged financial straits, including an inability to pay child support, gave the celebrity lawyer a motive to extort Nike Inc. © Reuters/BRENDAN MCDERMID Attorney Michael Avenatti exits the United States Courthouse in the Manhattan borough of New York In a filing on Friday, lawyers for Avenatti said it would be "so prejudicial to Mr.

NEW YORK, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Nike Inc NKE.N asked a judge to block Michael Avenatti from having five of its sports marketing officials testify at his upcoming criminal trial , calling their testimony irrelevant to whether the California lawyer tried to extort the company. In a Thursday filing in Manhattan federal

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nike Inc asked a judge to block Michael Avenatti from having five of its sports marketing officials testify at his upcoming criminal trial , calling their "Mr. Avenatti would like to elicit the Nike employees' testimony to try to establish that Nike engaged in criminal conduct, and that Nike

A court filing by Avenatti this past weekend hints more text messages and emails that offer a window into Nike grassroots will be passed over to Avenatti's lawyers this week. In a conference call on Saturday morning, the federal government informed Avenatti's lawyers that an additional 4,000 pages of Nike documents would be handed over to Avenatti's defense team.

The Avenatti filing questions why Nike produced only an additional 6,300 pages after Avenatti's arrest in March 2019 and why these added 4,000 documents are emerging only now, with the trial just a few weeks away. The filing states that only after reviewing the documents will Avenatti's defense be able to determine “whether Nike has (or not) ‘fully cooperated’ with the government's investigation as it now claims.” “For reasons we do not yet know for certain, the documents were not produced by Nike until after Mr. Avenatti was arrested for demanding an internal investigation.”

Michael Avenatti's trial could expose Nike, college hoops even further — if court grants his subpoenas

  Michael Avenatti's trial could expose Nike, college hoops even further — if court grants his subpoenas Michael Avenatti's trial could expose Nike, college hoops even further — if court grants his subpoenasThe government’s decision to limit both direct evidence and the scope of two trials resulted in convictions for the defendants (still under appeal) and some NCAA infractions cases (and more to come). But there’s been little other tangible impact on the game.

Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti wants a judge to bar the U.S. from presenting his financial Federal prosecutors say Avenatti , 48, tried to extort million from Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike while representing a youth Nike ’s lawyers in New York wore wires to obtain evidence against Avenatti

Michael Avenatti , facing extortion charges, upped the ante in his feud with Nike over the weekend, dumping 41 pages of documents which he claims are Nike said in a statement to CNBC that it won't respond to the latest Avenatti allegations, pointing to the fact that the celebrity lawyer currently faces

The filing also questions Nike's level of cooperation with the government considering the late release of so many pages of documents.

The purpose of Avenatti's lawyers' filing was to request additional time to review all the documents before responding to a different motion. The government has moved to quash the subpoenas to testify for numerous top Nike executives. The executives include numerous Nike boldface names, both high-ranking executives and grassroots staples. They include John Slusher, one of Nike's top executives, and Nike basketball mainstays Lynn Merritt and Nico Harrison. They also include prominent figures in the Nike grassroots world – Carlton DeBose and Jamal James.

Since Nike was served with a federal grand jury subpoena in September 2017, it has produced 17,800 pages of documents. Few of those documents have come to light publicly, aside from the Avenatti motion in August.

Michael Avenatti Loses Bid to Have Two Nike Extortion Charges Tossed

  Michael Avenatti Loses Bid to Have Two Nike Extortion Charges Tossed Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti lost his fight to dismiss two of the counts in the criminal case accusing him of trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike Inc. © ASSOCIATED PRESS California attorney Michael Avenatti arrives at federal court to enter a plea to an indictment charging him with trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) U.S.

Controversial lawyer Michael Avenatti was indicted on charges of trying to extort athletic shoe giant Nike out of tens of millions of dollars by threatening to go According to one of the new indictments in New York, Avenatti allegedly forged Daniels' signature on a document that gave wire fund transfer

NEW YORK — California attorney Michael Avenatti hopes to show that charging Nike million to probe corruption at the sportswear giant was a bargain rather than extortion, his lawyer told a judge Thursday. Avenatti was seated and quiet as attorney Scott Srebnick asked that a trial for his

The government appears to be against more such information coming forward, as a filing on Sunday shows they don't want Avenatti's extortion trial to become a referendum on the ethics of Nike grassroots basketball. The filing disagrees strongly with Avenatti's prior claims that he had knowledge of criminal acts by Nike. (The government's extortion case against Avenatti is based on his request for millions to “investigate” the company, as he was made known of allegedly illegal acts by representing veteran Nike grassroots coach Gary Franklin.)

In the filing, the government says of Avenatti: “It does not appear that the defendant ever possessed proof of criminality by anyone at Nike (despite his repeated public allegations); he merely came into possession of alleged facts that might be embarrassing and harmful to Nike if publicized in a particular way.”

The filing also counters Avenatti's claim that he should be able to “offer evidence of specific purported misconduct by Nike.” The government states in the filing: “The defendant fails to explain in any logical fashion how his “general” knowledge would justify admission of evidence of “specifics” of which he was not aware. In any event, to the extent the defendant is asserting that he demanded to be hired to do an investigation not because his client asked for it, but because he was aware of Nike's alleged problem from news reports and had come into possession of embarrassing evidence, this is simply a description of an extortion scheme and not a legally permissible defense.”

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Michael Avenatti jailed without bond after allegedly violating his pretrial release terms .
A California federal judge on Wednesday ordered attorney Michael Avenatti to be held in jail without bond until his trial for probable violations of his pretrial conditions, including allegedly hiding his assets to defraud creditors. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Avenatti was arrested Tuesday night on a bench warrant after prosecutors alleged he committed new crimes while out on bail.

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