Basta, Interrupted: Avenatti Up on Charges
Michael Avenatti has disappointed again. I was so looking forward to him using his platform from the past year of badly repping Stormy Daniels and parlaying it into an entertaining, if hopeless, run for office in 2020.
Oh well, wrong again.
Avenatti is alleged to have told Nike that he would cancel a press conference critical of the sports-apparel company only if it paid an unidentified client $1.5 million, and hired him and another California lawyer to conduct an internal investigation for $15 million to $25 million.
Avenatti on Monday posted a tweet saying we would be holding a press conference to disclose a “major high school/college basketball scandal” perpetrated by Nike that he claimed to have uncovered. “This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involves some of the biggest names in college basketball,” Avenatti said in the tweet.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are scheduled to hold a press conference later on Monday. Nike didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Of course, Michael Avenatti is presumed innocent until proven guilty. Which we will grant him, because whatever our other faults, we should not stoop to his level.