Lawyer Michael Avenatti caused a stir this week when he claimed he was going to hold a press conference exposing a major scandal involving Nike and high-level college basketball programs. Avenatti was later arrested and released on bail for allegedly trying to extort Nike.
Avenatti would go on to tweet allegations against UNLV, Arizona and Oregon. He accused Nike of making illegal payments to lure top recruits to those programs.
He would also cryptically mention Duke in one of his tweets. There were no specific allegations against the Blue Devils but it got people’s attention.
“And Duke…” was the entire text of the tweet.
That isn’t much, but it was enough for someone to ask Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski about Avenatti and Nike during his media availability at the Sweet 16 today. He denied there was anything in the scandal involving his program.
Coach K has no comment on the Nike EYBL/Michael Avenatti stuff: "None, there's nothing there."
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) March 28, 2019
Of course, people are going to still have a field day wondering if Duke is linked to this. Right now, there’s nothing concrete indicating a connection.
The Blue Devils will return to the court tomorrow night in the Sweet 16 against Virginia Tech. Tip-off is set for approximately 9:39 p.m. ET on CBS.