By CCN: The shocking headlines just keep piling on for disgraced attorney and onetime anti-Trump messiah Michael Avenatti. Following his arrest for allegedly embezzling from Nike, evidence has emerged suggesting Avenatti’s white-collar thievery extends deeper into the sports world.
Now, Avenatti – who toyed with running for president – stands accused of embezzling $1.5 million from Miami Heat star Hassan Whiteside. In 2017, the veteran center wired approximately $2.75 million in funds to Avenatti, intending for much of the money to be handed to his ex-girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.
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While Avenatti was entitled to roughly $1 million of the sum, prosecutors allege he hid the money and put nearly $2.5 million towards a private jet. He later told Gardner that she would be receiving monthly installments spread out over eight years, though these payments ceased in June 2018.
Whiteside and Gardner expressed their dissatisfaction in a joint statement, claiming:
“We entered into a mutually agreed upon settlement more than two years ago following the end of our relationship. A settlement that reflected Alexis’ investment of time and support over several years as Hassan pursued a career in the NBA. It’s unfortunate that something that was meant to be kept private is now being publicly reported.”
Avenatti denies the allegation, and he claimed that he’s looking forward to all the evidence emerging in the coming weeks. On Twitter, Avenatti hinted at potential wrongdoing on Whiteside’s end, stating that he was looking forward to the “inquiry by the @NBA and its commissioner”…