Zion's mother accused of charging "bites" from Nike

Lawyer Michael Avenatti says the player's mother received money from Nike in 2016 for her son to play in Krzyzewski's Duke.

The Final Four is played in Minneapolis without the Duke of Mike Krzyzewski, Cam Reddish, RJ Barrett ... and, of course, Zion Williamson, who could not avoid the defeat of the Blue Devils against Michigan State in the Elite 8. After a year, a Zion awaits the number 1 of the draft, the landing in an NBA where the experience is maximum and, as soon as it is declared eligible, a contract with a sports brand that, in a bid that the experts define as "historic", can reach 100 million dollars, above the first who signed when they made the leap to professionalism Kevin Durant or LeBron James.

But Zion has just splashed the scandal that is causing Michael Avenatti, the lawyer who faces up to 50 years in prison for fraud cases, which took the case of porn actress Stormy Daniels against President Trump and who has been harassed to extort Nike. Precisely, his new accusation has to do with the brand of Oregon and Zion Williamson, whose mother, Sharonda Sampson, accuses of having received "bites" of this sports firm in exchange for making sure that his son played in Duke.

This can muddying the signing of Zion by Nike, if finally that is the brand by which he opts to start his NBA career. Duke has been part of the Nike squad since 1992, and with a current contract until 2027, and Krzyzewski is a Nike coach since 1993 and has a pavilion with his name in the brand's headquarters. According to Avenatti, Zion's mother received several payments from Nike in 2016 as a theoretical "consultant" .

The director of the Duke sports department, Kevin White, has assured that they know the accusations and are investigating them although they deny that the university participates in any fraudulent activity or that violates the eligibility rules of NCAA players. Avennati ya has previously accused players like DeAndre Ayton, number 1 of the last draft, or Bol Bol, son of the legendary Manute Bol and who will also be a high choice in the next, the one in 2019 who will command Zion.

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