Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti took to Twitter on Tuesday to reveal his "major scandal" a day after he was arrested for allegedly trying to extort more than $20 million from Nike.
Avenatti wrote, linking to a September 2017 CBS Sports report : "Ask Deandre Ayton and Nike about the cash payments to his mother and others. Nike’s attempt at diversion and cover-up will fail miserably once prosecutors realize they have been played by Nike and their lawyers at [the firm Boies, Schiller & Flexner]. This reaches the highest levels of Nike."
Ayton played one year at the University of Arizona before becoming the No. 1 pick out of the 2018 NBA Draft. The Suns center was just one player Avenatti "exposed" Tuesday.
He also named Oregon's Bol Bol, who Avenatti said "also received large sums from Nike."
Avenatti did not include specific details to back up his allegations.
Instead, he continued his firestorm that included Merl Code, a former Clemson basketball star and Adidas consultant who was one of three executives to already be convicted in the college basketball recruiting scandal.
Avenatti's revelation, however, wasn't shocking.
Arizona coach Sean Miller has been subpoenaed to testify in the federal trial of Christian Dawkins and Code, who are facing other charges from the FBI investigation. The Oregon basketball program has also been tied to the FBI's investigation.
Avenatti is facing his own charges in two separate cases.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Avenatti "attempted to extract more than $20 million in payments from a publicly traded company by threatening to use his ability to garner publicity to inflict substantial financial and reputational harm on the company if his demands were not met."
Avenatti, 48, is also charged in a separate federal case in Los Angeles, where he is also facing bank and wire fraud charges for alleged embezzlement unrelated to the New York extortion case.