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Michael Avenatti Charged With Extortion Against Nike, To Serve 2.5 Years

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Michael Avenatti, an attorney, skyrocketed into fame in 2018 when client Stormy Daniels filed a lawsuit against former president Donald Trump, was charged with extortion and will serve 2.5 years in prison.

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  • Avenatti was convicted of extortion against clothing company Nike where he attempted to blackmail them for $25 million. He was representing LA youth basketball league organizer Gary Franklin who was upset when the company ended their sponsorship with the league. He claimed to have evidence that Nike bribed NBA-bound college basketball athletes and their families to steer them towards powerhouse programs, a case an Adidas employee was previously convicted of.
  • Prosecutors were attempting to exact a prison term of 8 years, but according to U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe, Avenatti has shown some remorse. The defense had asked for six months, arguing Avenatti had suffered enough public humiliation. Judge Gardephe said, “He hijacked his client’s claims, and he used him to further his own agenda, which was to extort Nike millions of dollars for himself.”
  • The 50-year-old California lawyer faces other federal criminal charges in the coming months. He went into millions of dollars are debt following his stint in popularity during the Trump trial and committed a series of crimes that he would be charged within 2019. Next week he begins trial back on the west coast for defrauded clients out of millions. Next year he is back in Manhattan federal court to be tried on charges related to “swindling” $300,000 from Stormy Daniels’ book proceeds.
  • In his statement to the court, Avenatti broke down. “I betrayed my own values, my friends, my family and myself…I’ve learned that all the fame, money notoriety in the world is meaningless,” he said. In all upcoming cases, Avenatti has pleaded not guilty.

Nike reacted to the decision by stating, “The verdict and sentence speak for themselves.”

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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