Michael Avenatti accuses Nike of paying Zion Williamson's mom Sharonda Sampson

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Duke's Zion Williamson could receive shoe deal worth $10 million per year

Federal prosecutors in NY have accused Avenatti of attempting to extort Nike. Nike has sponsored Duke athletics since 1992.

Avenatti continued to make more college basketball recruiting allegations on Saturday by releasing documents on Twitter claiming that Nike paid associates of top basketball prospects in 2016 and 2017.

On March 26, Avenatti also tweeted about allegations concerning Nike making payments to get recruits to attend its schools. "They know they did it and are guilty as hell", Avenatti added. In exchange, the AP Player of the Year was allegedly pushed to Durham.

The California attorney who was recently arrested and charged with trying to extort Nike, recently tweeted out an accusation that Williamson's mother, Sharonda Sampson, took bribes, TMZ reported.

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. He claims evidence that more than $170,000 has been paid out by the retailer to family members of basketball players, including the Phoenix Suns' Deandre Ayton, former University of Nevada Las Vegas player Brandon McCoy and Oregon Ducks' Bol Bol.

Michael Avenatti, a prominent lawyer whom federal prosecutors in NY have accused of attempting to extort Nike, alleged in a tweet Friday night that Zion Williamson's mother was paid for bogus "consulting services" to get Williamson to Duke.

In a series of tweets, the attorney posted what he said was a copy of a memo from early February describing a call between John Slusher, Nike's executive EVP of global sports marketing, and an unnamed third party. "Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility".

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Williamson is expected to announce which major shoe company he plans to sign with after he officially declares for June's National Basketball Association draft.

A 6-foot-7 forward from Spartanburg, S.C., Williamson just completed what will be his only season at Duke by being named a consensus all-American.

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.

Nike has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

The documents include what appear to be bank statements, invoices and text messages.

All three played for Franklin's Cal Supreme, and the documents indicate Carlton DeBose, the director of Nike's grassroots basketball division, funneled money to their families and handlers through the club - although there is no evidence that the schools were aware of the payments.

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