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Avenatti Was Seeking Justice From Nike SDNY Jury Is Told As DOJ Punting To SEC Emerges

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 29 –  When after three days of jury selection the trial of Michael Avenatti for allegedly extorting Nike began on January 29, Assistant US Attorney Robert Sobelman told the selected jurors that Avenatti was supposed to look out for the interests of his client, but he did not - he had a weapon, social media.  More on Patreon here.

  And Avenatti's lawyer Howard Srebnick in his longer opening followed up on that theme, even emphasizing that Avenatti has, or had, 800,000 followers on Twitter and could take on a titan like Nike. He mentioned Stormy Daniel but as ruled on by Judge Paul G. Gardephe before trial, did not name Colin Kaepernick.

   The first witness was Scott Wilson who was a lawyer with Boies Schiller in March 2019 when Mark Geragos came calling saying Avenatti wanted a meeting directly with Nike.

   After some back and forth about meeting at Hudson Yards or Geragos' office on Fifth Avenue, the meeting was held. Wilson said Avenatti began by saying he had evidence of Nike paying the number one draft pick in the last NBA draft.  

Wilson quoted himself asking Avenatti, Are who was that?

    Assistant US Attorney Matthew Podolsky asked Wilson why he asked. 

 To throw Avenatti off, Wilson said. But apparently it didn't. Avenatti said Deandre Ayton and got back to the demands. Ulimately the FBI was called in to secretly record Avenatti. And the US Attorney's office never went after Nike, after jailing Adidas' Jim Gatto.

There's been discussion of subpoenas from the SEC, but as captioned "In Re Athletic Apparel" companies. Inner City Press live-tweeted the proceedings, here, and will have more. More on Patreon here. The case is US v. Avenatti, 19-cr-373 (Gardephe).


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