Celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti, who was charged on Monday with trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike, brought Oregon into the national story on Tuesday.

One day after tweeting that he would “disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by Nike,” Avenatti accused Oregon freshman Bol Bol of receiving payments from Nike in violation of NCAA rules.

“Bol Bol and his handlers also received large sums from Nike,” Avenatti posted on Twitter. “The receipts are clear as day. A lot of people at Nike will have to account for their criminal conduct.”

Oregon coach Dana Altman responded to Avenatti’s tweet during an interview session Tuesday morning before Oregon left for Louisville, Ky., to face Virginia in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 on Thursday.

“I don’t have any information on that,” Altman said. “I have no reason to believe any of it is accurate. So until I get more information, I’m just not going to have any comment on that.”

 

The 7-foot-2 Bol was one of the top five recruits in the nation last year before signing with Oregon. He led the Ducks with 21.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots in nine games before suffering a foot injury that ended his season in mid-December. Avenatti did not accuse the university of any wrongdoing.

Bol has continued to be with the team and conducted interviews last Thursday before Oregon’s appearance in the NCAA Tournament in San Jose, Calif., for the first time since his injury. Altman said Bol would travel with the team again this week.

Avenatti also implicated former Arizona star Deandre Ayton’s mother with accepting cash payments.

Avenatti was arrested Monday on four counts of extortion and conspiracy for threatening to reveal that Nike made improper payments to prep basketball players unless he was paid as much as $25 million to keep quiet.

“We never attempted to extort Nike & when the evidence is disclosed, the public will learn the truth about Nike’s crime & coverup,” Avenatti tweeted.