Kevin White, Duke’s A.D., said he was aware of bribery allegation surrounding Nike and Zion Williamson’s mother.
Michael Avenatti, a lawyer who is accused of extorting Nike, tweeted that Williamson’s mother was paid “consulting services” to send her son to Duke.
“We are aware of the allegation and, as we would with any compliance matter, are looking into it. Duke is fully committed to compliance with all NCAA rules and regulations. Every student athlete at Duke is reviewed to ensure their eligibility. With regard to men’s basketball: all recruits and their families are thoroughly vetted by Duke in collaboration with the NCAA through the Eligibility Center’s amateurism certification process,” said White.
Nike has sponsored Duke since 1992 and recently signed an extension through 2027.