Michael Avenatti sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in Nike extortion case

By the Associated Press: Michael Avenatti, the California lawyer, was sentenced Thursday to 2½ years in prison for trying to extort up to $25 million from Nike by threatening the company with bad publicity.

Avenatti, 50, was convicted last year of charges including attempted extortion and honest services fraud in connection with his representation of a Los Angeles youth basketball league organizer who was upset that Nike had ended its league sponsorship.

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