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Michael Avenatti Says Nike ‘Pulled a Stunt’ By Having Him Arrested Before He Went Public With Allegations

Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti said Nike “pulled a stunt” by having him arrested moments before he planned to disclose what he alleges is evidence of wrongdoing by the sportswear company.
“They knew they could not control me and they knew it was going to be disclosed,” Avenatti told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” on Monday,” adding that the brand is attempting “to try to discredit me.”
In March, Avenatti was arrested 15 minutes after he tweeted that he planned to reveal a basketball bribery scandal.
Avenatti was charged by federal prosecutors with four counts related to accusations that he plotted to siphon $22.5 million from the athletic company by threatening to disclose evidence of employee misconduct ahead of the company’s third-quarter report. Avenatti alleges that Nike paid bribes to basketball players to join collegiate teams that are sponsored by the brand, naming Duke’s star player Zion Williamson among others.
Asked by CNBC if he sought financial gain, he responded, “Here’s the bottom line, I had a client to represent. I went to Nike to settle a claim for a client. Part of it was Nike coming clean,” he claimed.
Nike “has been covering up this scandal for over five years,” Avenatti alleged. “They knew they could not

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