Duke announced on Friday the findings of its investigation into the alleged payments Nike considered for Zion Williamson when he was in high school.
The allegations, made by attorney Michael Avenatti, claimed that Nike funneled payments to several notable high school players, including Zion.
Duke said it conducted a five-month investigation into the allegations using outside sources. It found no evidence.
“As soon as Duke was made aware of any allegation that might have affected Zion Williamson’s eligibility, we conducted a thorough and objective investigation which was directed by individuals outside the athletics department,” Duke spokesman Michael Schoenfeld told the News & Observer. “We found no evidence to support any allegation. Zion thrived as both a student and an athlete at Duke, and always conducted himself with integrity and purpose.”
Williamson spent just one season at Duke, before becoming the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. He signed a big shoe deal with Air Jordan.
Avenatti, meanwhile, isn’t buying the investigation.
“I never heard from anyone associated with Duke in connection with my allegations or any investigation,” Avenatti told ESPN. “I was never asked a single question. I was never asked what information or documents that I was aware of. Who the hell conducted this investigation? Inspector Clouseau?”
Nike is alleged to have discussed a $35,000 payment for Williamson.
This likely won’t be the last time we hear about this.