Nike Responds To Allegations Of Paying Zion Williamson To Attend Duke
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On Wednesday, Attorney Michael Avenatti accused Nike of allegedly discussing a $35,000 payment to former Duke star Zion Williamson while he was coming out of high school...

This was Nike's response to him...


(The Spun)

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Haven't bought their crap since 1981.
Reply13 months
I hope it does come out that he got paid. Cause I fricken hate Duke. They can’t do anything to him now. So why not
Reply13 months
and not a peep out of dick vitale
Reply13 months
You are tremendously ill informed, and extremely bitter.
Reply13 months
Of course they paid him, and all the top guys get paid. So what? If anyone gave a damn about being an amateur basketball player, they wouldn't have 1 and done. If you have marketable talent, you should have the right to earn money as long as it is not directly associated with actions on the court. The great Jesse Owens won the Olympics wearing Adidas after signing an endorsement deal in Germany 80 years ago. The NCAA needs to get out of the way.
Reply13 months
They have the right to make money. They also have the right not to join the NCAA, knowing in advance what its rules are.
13 months
You don't join the NCAA. You join the Athletic Department, they in return PAY the school 100% of your tuition. If a non profit AD is allowed to write a check in your name to the school, why can't a car dealership write you a check for an appearance. The NCAA became irrelevant as soon as the AD's all became separate non-profits and started paying the schools to enroll their players.
13 months
You are splitting hairs and making an irrelevant point. Anyone that joins an NCAA institution does so knowing in advance what the rules are. They can choose to not do so and pursue their athletic endeavors elsewhere. The truth is, outside of a small handful of players, college athletes have no market value and are worth considerably less to the school than the cost of their tuition. Are you for getting rid of scholarships, and letting the players pay their own way via market value? This would be a net loss for 99 percent of college athletes.
13 months
I sort of wish it was possible for both Nike and Avenatti to go down in flames.
Reply13 months
Exactly- shitty company and idiot attorney...
13 months
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I don't dig the way you do business, Nike, so can't have mine.
13 months
IF Avenatti's claim was false, Nike would be screaming it to the heavens. Their "non-denial" means that it is likely true they paid Zion....and they are trying to wiggle out of it.
Reply13 months
Would be more believable if he'd played for Oregon.
Reply13 months
You are much more likely to see a Duke basketball player wearing Nike on any given night during CBB season than you are an Oregon player. Duke is a Nike school and they want the most visible players in Nike.
13 months
Lol, Nike was started in Eugene, OR where the university is. They live and breathe Nike.
13 months
Douboy, you are arguing your apples to his oranges. Yes, Oregon is a Nike school. But Duke is the college basketball blue-blood powerhouse program, not Oregon. Most likely Williamson was NOT going to go to Oregon clear across the country to play CBB. He was going to a blue-blood. Duke is as much a Nike program as Oregon is. It's not all that hard to connect the dots....
13 months
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