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Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti, a former liberal media darling once beloved by “journalists” for being then-President Donald Trump’s “worst nightmare,” now faces a “very substantial” prison sentence for his crimes.
“Prosecutors urged a judge Wednesday to impose a ‘very substantial’ prison sentence on Michael Avenatti for trying to extort millions of dollars from Nike,” the Associated Press confirmed Thursday.
In a court filing, prosecutors reportedly wrote that Avenatti had “betrayed his client and sought to enrich himself by weaponizing his public profile in an attempt to extort a publicly-traded company out of tens of millions of dollars.”
“This was an egregious abuse of trust, and it warrants real and serious punishment,” they reportedly added.
In February of 2020, a federal jury convicted Avenatti of trying to blackmail Nike by forcing it to pay him $25 million to remain quiet about insider information he had regarding the company’s alleged corruption.
Michael Avenatti found guilty on all counts in Nike extortion trial https://t.co/U3aeRyOZAW
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 14, 2020
He still reportedly faces two additional trials — one on allegations that he stole from his clients and committed tax/bank fraud, and another on allegations that he defrauded infamous porn star Stormy Daniels.
To media critics like Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, Avenatti’s disastrous downfall is just another example of the mainstream press’s stunning lack of credibility.
For years the press portrayed Avenatti as a near-heroic figure for simply being a nemesis to their own nemesis, then-President Trump.
Observe, courtesy Greenwald:
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 17, 2021
Left-wing voters were just as enthralled by him, thanks of course to the diet of pro-Avenatti worship that they were spoon-fed by the press.
Thank you, Mr. Avenatti, for being such a courageous, upstanding lawyer to your client & 4 hanging in there & speaking up against this evil dictator in our White House, who is posing as a President.
He is a disgusting human being & most of America stands with you. 🇺🇸👍 #Resist
— VForVictory🇺🇸 (@VforVictory1) April 30, 2018
You’re getting to them, Michael.
Hero. Fighter for Justice!
We’re so grateful.
— Inge Stark (@IngeStark3) April 8, 2019
— Matt Haffner (@MatthewHaffner) September 26, 2018
I would like to thank your mom for raising you to be a good person.
— Gene B (@k1spon20) October 12, 2018
Yet as Avenatti’s indictment and two additional pending trials demonstrate, he’s neither a “hero,” a “patriot” nor a “good person.” He’s a manipulative criminal who purposefully betrayed people’s trust for personal gain.
Among those he betrayed is youth basketball coach Gary Franklin, Sr. Years ago he hired Avenatti to privately clear up issues he was having with Nike, which sponsors his basketball program.
“I just thought he was a good attorney, a good lawyer, and I thought he could go in and represent my case,” Franklin testified in court before the attorney’s conviction last year.
But that’s not what Avenatti did. Instead, he ran off with Franklin’s information and tried to use it to blackmail Nike for millions.
In a statement submitted with the prosecution’s filing Wednesday, Franklin described everything that had happened and asked the judge to “consider the impact of Mr. Avenatti’s actions upon me at the time of sentencing.”
This sentencing impact statement by Coach Gary Franklin was profound and moving. He blames Mark Geragos as well in the statement. The feelings of betrayal, breach of privilege, and his feelings of exploitation by @michaelavenatti are painful to read. Here it is separated. pic.twitter.com/RJA5ZTQW8a
— Ronald Richards (@RonaldRichards) June 17, 2021
What does this say about the media and their judgment? Keep in mind all this comes as the media is facing intense scrutiny for its lies and false reporting about Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick’s death, about the tear gas incident outside the White House last summer, about hydroxychloroquine and about “Russian collusion.”
Have the media at least applied some introspection and learned from their mistakes, including their love-affair with Avenatti? The answer seems to be no.
In fact, it seems like no matter what members of the media do, they’ll always let bygones be bygones — as is what happened in the case of CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, who’s been welcomed back into the fold despite his masturbation scandal.
Now observe how CNN’s Ana Navarro-Cárdenas responded when OANN host Stephanie Hamill drew attention to her defending Toobin earlier this week (*Language warning):
Girl, let me help you. It is spelled “chief”.
Remember, “i”before “e”, except after “c”.
Let me use it in a sentence for you.
You defend an impeached, defeated former Commander-in-Chief, who boasted on video about committing sexual assault, grabbing a woman by the pussy. https://t.co/rZRLGx4MhS
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 15, 2021
FYI, she was one of Avenatti’s biggest defenders:
Ana, you defended a guy who jerked it in front of his co-workers and pressured his mistress he knocked up to get an abortion. You also once compared Michael Avenatti to the Holy Spirit.
Take a million seats. https://t.co/6m036fRZcK
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) June 16, 2021
Fake News CNN’s Numnut PO💩 @ananavarro to Avenatti:
You’re like the Holy Spirit!
🤣🤣🤣Hey Ana, Your Holy Spirit Avenatti, just got convicted of trying to extort Nike!
The charges carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in PRISON!pic.twitter.com/PIJm4XRR1v
— 🇺🇸 Pismo 🇺🇸 (@Pismo_B) February 14, 2020
And no, she hasn’t displayed any introspection over her love-affair with him.
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