By Missy Crane | February 14, 2020

Hip, hip, hooray!

Michael Avenatti has been convicted on all three counts that he was facing! The sleazeball former lawyer faces up to 42 years in prison.

“Michael Avenatti guilty on all counts in Nike extortion trial. He stared straight ahead and showed no reaction as verdict was read.”

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Talk about a #TrumpCurse, right?

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Michael Avenatti is guilty on all three counts he was facing, according to a decision by a jury in federal court in New York on Friday.
Prosecutors said the lawyer threatened to publicly accuse athletic apparel maker Nike of illicitly paying amateur basketball players unless the company paid him millions of dollars.
The government said Avenatti also betrayed his client, a youth basketball coach who made the allegations against Nike, by advocating for money for himself instead of the client.
Avenatti was charged with transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, attempted extortion and honest services wire fraud.

He still faces two additional trials for allegedly stealing Stormy Daniels’ book advance and committing fraud in California. He is being held in jail for allegedly violating the terms of his bail in the California case.

Gary Franklin, the youth basketball coach who Michael Avenatti represented, testified last week that he was bullied by Nike executives who forced him to make the illicit payments to top high school basketball players and their families. In 2018, the company ended its sponsorship of Franklin’s program, the California Supreme.
Franklin said he wanted Avenatti to get Nike to renew his team’s sponsorship and get two Nike executives fired.

Avenatti was in “crushing debt” at the time and wanted to use Franklin’s case to make money, prosecutors said. The high-powered attorney saw Franklin as a “meal ticket,” they argued. [CNN]

Of course, Trump supporters are celebrating all over Twitter.

Let’s kick things off with this amazing compilation video that includes all the fawning over Avenatti from the anti-Trump fake news. Remember when they actually considered him a “serious” contender in 2020?

“Talk about an awkward #ValentinesDay breakup for the media and Michael Avenatti.#Basta.”

“I look forward to Michael’s witty twitter retorts to the jury that just found him guilty in all counts. Though I’m told he is still doing well amongst the Democrat primary contenders. #basta MAGA: Michael Avenatti Going Away”

“And a Happy Valentine’s Day to Bubba on Cell Block D! #MichealAvenattisPurpleDonut”

“This tweet aged perfectly because @DonaldJTrumpJr is enjoying life and @MichaelAvenatti is now facing up to 42 years in prison for extortion of Nike.”

“BREAKING: Michael Avenatti, who as Stormy Daniels’ lawyer vowed to bring down President Trump, found GUILTY on all counts in Nike extortion case. Only one going down…is Avenatti.”

“Found Guilty. Of extorting @Nike. Faces up to 42 years in prison. I guess you’re not running for President, @MichaelAvenatti?”

“Breaking news: -Michael Avenatti has been found guilty for trying to extort Nike. -Trump is named the first President grand marshal for the Daytona 500. -And the DOJ has assigned a special prosecutor to review Flynn’s case. What an awesome day.”

“Dear @MichaelAvenatti: Looks like your schedule just cleared. Still want to do that debate about Justice Kavanaugh? #Basta”

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