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Nike Law Firm Boies Schiller Worried Deandre Ayton White Wash Exposed Avenatti Jury Hears

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 30 –  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 1st day on Patreon here.

  In cross examination on January 30, Avenatti's lawyer Howard Srebnick asked Scott Wilson who was a lawyer representing Nike with Boies Schiller in March 2019 if his jaw dropping wasn't more about his firm's "white-wash" investigation of Nike, in which no one was fired, more than Avenatti's multiple F-bomb uses. Day 2 thread here; more on Patreon here.

  In fairness, Day showed Avenatti now only swearing and bragging about holding a client's balls in his hands - there was also the $950 an hour blended rate and the twice quoted statements, "I don't give a f*ck about the kids."

  At day's end Judge Paul G. Gardephe indicated he will allow some such questioning on continues cross examination on January 31. The US Attorney's Office is not to speak with Wilson overnight. Can he, unlike the jury, read the Internet? The questions will involve whether the in-house investigation including any interviews of Franklin or Auerbach, and perhaps the specifics of the $10,000 to Deandre Ayton's mother in Phoenix.
  Why were the Adidas official and coaches prosecuted and jailed, and nothing from the US Attorney on Ayton and Bol Bol? Watch this site.

   After some back and forth on January 29 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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