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Michael Avenatti, Attorney Facing Fraud and Extortion Charges

Michael Avenatti Nike Extortion

Attorney Michael Avenatti,  was arrested and charged with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike through threats of negative publicity right before the company’s earnings call.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday unveiled a new fraud charge against lawyer Michael Avenatti, accusing him of lying to a client as part of his alleged effort to extort Nike.

Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After Gay Comments

Manny Pacquiao has been kicked out of the ring by Nike.

Nike fires Manny Pacquiao

Nike has terminated its relationship with Manny Pacquiao after the six-weight world champion described homosexuals as “worse than animals.”

The 37-year-old, who is running for a senate seat in his native Philippines, later apologized for his comments.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” said a Nike statement.

“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”

The sportswear company added: “We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

Johnny Manziel Spotted at a Boston Nightclub

Alert the media…it’s another Johnny Manziel sighting….

Bryan Braman . Manziel and Joe Vellano The 2014 Cleveland Browns draft pick, Johnny Football was seen having fun at a Storyville, a nightclub in Boston last night. Manziel wasn’t flying solo, he a with a couple of his NFL buddies, Patriots DT, Joe Vellano and Eagles LB Bryan Braman.  The trio were reportedly were in the company so several chicks…..IMAGINE THAT!

According to sources, Manziel and his co-ed entourage reportedly ordered 3 liters of champagne and 2 bottles of vodka. The tab totaled around $2k.  It’s not clear who paid…but it wasn’t Manziel.

This comes just a day after Manziel, who signed with Nike earlier this year, was ask to leave, and escorted out of  the Nike elite camp because security guards didn’t know who he was. The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner had been invited to  be a camp counselor at Nike’s elite football camp for high school players known as “The Opening.”

Per Wahoos247 Insider Jamie Oakes, reported the incident  saying …”Manziel was asked by security at The Opening to leave the area. While this might raise some eyebrows based on recent events, it turns out the staff security simply did not know who ‘Johnny Football’ was. … to Manziel’s credit, he didn’t bat an eye and walked off as requested.”

The Nike Elite Camp invites the top 162 high school football players in the nation as selected by Student Sports after film evaluation and/or in-person evaluation.



If you are a true college football fan or just a fan of a certain team, yesterday you rode the emotional roller-coaster! Which one of the following emotions best describes your feelings?

a.) ecstasy and on cloud 9

b.) highly upset and scratching your head in bewilderment

c.) nervous, uncomfortable, worried sick

d.) drained and relieved

e.) all of the above

If you chose (e), then you must have watched Notre Dame versus Pitt, Kansas State vs. Oklahoma State, Oregon against USC, and LSU vs. Alabama. Yesterday once again proved why we love the game of college football so much and if those bumbling idiots called the NCAA would tweak the system to give us a true playoff, it would be the greatest sport of all!

Let’s start with Kansas State and Oklahoma State. That sickening thud you heard last night was the hearts of Wildcat nation hitting the turf as Heisman front runner Collin Klein went down with an injury in the third quarter. K State won in dominating fashion but we do not know the extent of Collin’s injury. Stay tuned….. If Collin can’t go next week at TCU, K State could be in trouble. The Big 8 has been wild this year and it will be a tall task for the Wildcats to come away with a win on the road. Could we see another BCS shakeup? Something tells me that Coach of the Year, Bill Snyder will have his team prepared! Kansas State is drooling for a match-up against Alabama, Oregon, or Notre Dame and it’s defense will stymie TCU. Doesn’t defense win championships?

Next gut-wrenching game is Oregon and USC. Watching this game was more like watching a US Open tennis match! Up and down, back and forth, and balls flying everywhere. My neck hurts from going side to side! In the end, Oregon amassed 730 yards of total offense to handle the Trojans. Kenjon Barner rushed through the porous Trojan defense for an astounding 321 yards and 5 touchdowns. Heisman hopeful QB Matt Barkley of USC did all he could as he passed for 484 yards and 4 touchdowns. Game, set, match – Oregon wins! After crushing weak opponent after weak opponent, Coach Phil Knight’s Nike hype machine finally faced a formidable team. With Stanford, Oregon State, and the PAC 10 championship game still ahead, are we getting closer to the “dream” match-up for the BCS National Championship game between Oregon and Alabama? The Ducks versus the Tide. Offense vs. defense. The offensive guru vs. the defensive guru. SEC vs. PAC 10. Sunflower yellow and lime green uniforms versus blood red uniforms. I am getting chills already! There is still a lot of football to be played. Stay tuned…..

You know the old saying, a cat has 9 lives. Well, how many lives do the Irish have? Notre Dame, coming off a HUGE win on the road in Norman last week looked lethargic for most of the day playing NOT to lose against the Pitt Panthers. Pitt, with nothing to play for, played like the Steelers. As we all know, it is very tough coming off an emotional win on the road to play at home the following week against a team that you are supposed to beat by 3 touchdowns. Coach Kelly and the Fighting Irish battled all game long and finally persevered in 3 OT’s to secure the victory. With upcoming win-able games against Boston College ( always a thorn in the Irish side ) and Wake Forest, the Irish cannot afford to look ahead to the season finale against their dreaded rival from the left coast, the hated Trojans. Win ’em all, and the Irish give themselves a chance to play for the BSC National Championship. Lose just one game and you are playing for a bowl game payday. How many more lives do the Irish have? Only time will tell.

Alabama and LSUdid the “Mad Hatter” have under that hat last night? Apparently, not a dang thing!! You have to feel sorry for Tiger nation as LSU played their hearts out last night only to have their coach make one bad decision after another. Asking a field goal kicker to attempt one far past his limit?? A fake punt?? A fake field goal?? An on side kick after you had just seized momentum?? I’m sorry, I do not usually criticize coaches, but it is time for the powers at LSU to make a coaching change. There is too much talent there, too many in state athletes, and too much money from it’s fan base, to allow this to continue any longer. Even Nick Saban said in an post game interview that the best team last night didn’t win. What’s that tell you? LSU was out coached…..again! The team that won the game was the team that was more prepared, better coached, and more disciplined. ‘Bama did not flinch when the game was on the line. They acted like they had been there before, managed the clock to perfection, and sucked the life out of the LSU faithful and the night game mystique of Tiger Stadium. LSU QB Zach Mettenberger had been criticized all year long but last night, he turned in the best performance of his young career. We need to add a column to his stat line – dropped balls. This problem has plagued the Tiger wide receivers all year long and last night was no different. At the end of the day, the LSU decision makers need to open up their pocketbooks and terminate Les Miles. Then, they need to jump on their private jet and TOUCHDOWN in Boise, Idaho. Chris Peterson is one of the top 5 coaches in America and it would be scary good to see the things HE could do with all of that talent in the Bayou State. Think ‘Bama nation would be worried if that were to happen?


  1. Alabama 9-0
  2. Oregon 9-0
  3. Kansas State 9-0
  4. Notre Dame 9-0
  5. Ohio State 10-0
  6. Georgia 8-1
  7. Florida 8-1
  8. LSU 7-2
  9. South Carolina 7-2
  10. Louisville 9-0
  11. FSU 8-1
  12. Clemson 8-1
  13. Oregon State 7-1
  14. Texas A&M 7-2
  15. Oklahoma 6-2
  16. Stanford 7-2
  17. Mississippi State 7-2
  18. Nebraska 7-2
  19. USC 6-3
  20. UCLA 7-2
  21. Texas 7-2
  22. Boise State 7-2
  23. La Tech 8-1
  24. Rutgers 7-1
  25. Ohio 8-1


#14 Texas A&M @ #1 Alabama

#3 Kansas State @ TCU

#4 Notre Dame @ Boston College

#6 Georgia @ Auburn

#17 Mississippi State @ #8 LSU

Arkansas @ #9 South Carolina

#10 Louisville @ Syracuse

#11 FSU @ Virginia Tech

#13 Oregon State @ #16 Stanford

Penn State @ #18 Nebraska

Once again, we are loaded with great games and there is so much riding on each and every one of them. How does Alabama respond after their slugfest with LSU as they face Johnny Football and the red hot Aggies? Will K State overcome the loss of star QB Collin Klein? Does ND take care of business and pummel hapless BC? Do the Tigers of LSU line up and smash Miss. State? Does Beamer Ball have a trick up his sleeve for FSU?

Hope you got a chance to see the out pouring of love in Columbia, S.C. on Monday as the Gamecock faithful had a celebration for Marcus Lattimore as he turned 21. Too bad he couldn’t be there for his birthday party but he is still in the hospital recovering from yet another devastating knee injury. We can only hope that one day, Marcus will be running wild all over Williams Brice Stadium again!

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 Former NFL Quarterback Thrown Out of Press Box  during LSU vs Alabama Game (Read Here)

Nike: `No Deal with Michael Vick`

Nike is not signing a new endorsement deal with former spokesman Michael Vick of the Philadelphia Eagles, spokesman KeJuan Wilkins said on Thursday.

Nike dumped Vick as an endorser and pulled his products from retail stores in 2007 after the ex-Atlanta Falcons quarterback was charged with bankrolling and running a dogfighting ring.

Michael Vick Profile Philadelphia Eagles

One of Vick’s agents, Mike Principe, announced during the SBJ/SBD Relay Worldwide Sports Sponsorship Symposium here Wednesday that the newly-signed Eagles QB had signed a new deal with the Swoosh. But Nike’s Wilkins said that wasn’t so. Read full story here

Nike denies signing Michael Vick to sponsorship pact – ESPN


July 30, 2007

Nike Suspend Michael Vick Contract and Reebok Stop Selling Vick Shirts

Its all going horribly wrong for Atlanta Falcons Quarter Back Michael Vick.

Michael Vick Sacked By Nike, Reebok – CBS News

As a result of the NFL star being charged with dog fighting, Nike and Reebok have suspending their business operations surrounding Vick.

Nike have reportedly suspended Michael Vick’s contract, whilst Reebok have stopped selling his number 7 NFL Jersey.

Nike have also stopped selling Vick shoes and sneakers as well as other products after protests from animal rights groups.

“Nike is concerned by the serious and highly disturbing allegations made against Michael Vick, and we consider any cruelty to animals inhumane and abhorrent,” Nike spokesman Dean Stoyer said in a statement.  Read more here

ESPN Reported:

Michael Vick is back with Nike two years after the company severed ties over the quarterback’s involvement in a dogfighting ring.

“Mike has a long-standing, great relationship with Nike, and he looks forward to continuing that relationship,” his agent, Joel Segal, said Wednesday.

Segal would not reveal terms of the agreement. Nike, however, denied it had signed Vick to a sponsorship contract in a statement released to CNBC.

“Nike does not have a contractual relationship with Michael Vick,” Nike spokesman Kejuan Wilkins said in the statement to CNBC. “We have agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike.”. Read more here



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Posted by: Kane Reed (Sports Writer)