Michael Avenatti, the liberal media’s favorite anti-Trump lawyer, was sentenced to two and a half years in jail this week for trying to extort Nike for millions of dollars.
According to witnesses, Avenatti cried as the sentence was handed down.
Can you believe the media thought this guy was going to run for president?
FOX Business reports:
Michael Avenatti sentenced to 2.5 years in prison in Nike extortion case
A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday sentenced disgraced California lawyer Michael Avenatti to two-and-a-half years in prison over his attempt to extort an estimated $25 million from Nike.
Avenatti, 50, was convicted on charges of trying to extort up to $25 million from the Beaverton, Oregon-based sportswear giant when he represented a Los Angeles youth basketball league organizer upset Nike had ended its league sponsorship.
“Michael Avenatti used illegal and extortionate threats and betrayed one of his clients for the purpose of seeking to obtain millions of dollars for himself,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a Thursday statement. “Not only did Avenatti attempt to weaponize his law license and celebrity to seek to extort payments for himself, he also defrauded his own client.”…
Judge Paul Gardephe described Avenatti’s conduct as “outrageous” during Thursday’s trial, according to Reuters. Several journalists also noted on Twitter that the lawyer was seen crying in court before giving his speech.
Too bad there’s no video.
Michael Avenatti is crying in the courtroom during his speech before sentencing.
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) July 8, 2021
Avenatti is crying, thanking his family for standing by him. "I and I alone have destroyed my career, my relationships, my life, and there is no doubt that I deserve to pay, have paid, and will pay a further price for what I have done."
— Devlin Barrett (@DevlinBarrett) July 8, 2021
Remember when he used to party with the media?
— Adam Townsend (@adamscrabble) January 15, 2020
Avenatti still faces charges in two other cases so he is likely going to be in jail for a while.
What a shame.