Former-NFL-quarterback-turned-social-justice-warrior Colin Kaepernick has been pretty quiet today after his lawyer, Mark Geragos, got named as a possible co-conspirator with Stormy Daniels’ former lawyer, Michael Avenatti, in an alleged scheme to extort millions of dollars out of Nike.
It’s really curious because Kaepernick is the face of Nike.
Avenatti is facing one set of charges out of New York City for allegedly trying to extort millions of dollars out of Nike and a second set of charges out of Los Angeles for allegedly defrauding a client, a bank, and the IRS.
The Wall Street Journal’s sources named Geragos as a possible co-conspirator in the Nike plot. In addition to being Kaepernick’s lawyer, Garagos is also Jussie Smollett’s lawyer. The former “Empire” star has been accused of staging a fake hate crime intended to damage Trump and his supporters.
Avenatti got arrested on Monday for charges involving an alleged plot “to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by [Nike] that we have uncovered” unless Nike paid him millions and millions of dollars to be quiet. Further details about that possible scandal have not been released.
The timing of Avenatti’s announcement was scheduled on the eve of Nike’s high-stakes quarterly earnings call and was possibly intended to deeply damage the athletic apparel giant. That’s why Geragos' alleged involvement is so peculiar since he represents Kaepernick, who has become the face of Nike after his anti-Trump, #BlackLivesMatter protest during the national anthem.
Kaepernick brought in nearly $6 billion to Nike from the advertising campaign he did with them, according to CBS News. The former NFL quarterback was slated to bring in millions each year in return, including royalties, according to Yahoo’s senior NFL reporter Charles Robinson.
Avenatti and Geragos started working together back in November when Avenatti was facing accusations of domestic violence from aspiring actress Mareli Miniutti, according to the Hollywood Reporter. About four months have passed since then, at which time Avenatti tried to extort Nike — according to a federal sting operation that recorded him — and may have had Geragos’ help.
By the way, Geragos, who like Avenatti has been a frequent guest on CNN, has been dropped from his legal analyst position at the network.
It’s a fascinating set of circumstances, and it has some people wondering what Kaepernick’s possible involvement in all of this was, if any.
But one Twitter user took it a step further and suggested that perhaps Kaepernick’s whole deal with Nike is suspect.
Geragos publicly announced the Nike deal on Twitter back in September and credited attorney Ben Meiselas for securing it. Who does Meiselas work for? Geragos & Geragos.