CNN analyst Mark Geragos is the alleged unnamed co-conspirator in the indictment filed against cantankerous lawyer Michael Avenatti in a New York federal court on Monday.

Avenatti was arrested on Monday and charged with attempting to extort up to $25 million from Nike.

Geragos is said to be the co-conspirator referred to in the complaint as "CC-1".

According to the complaint, Avenatti tried to shakedown Nike by threatening to publicize alleged damaging information about Nike's involvement with high school and college basketball recruits - some of whom are currently playing in the NBA. Avenatti reportedly asked for $22.5 million to be paid to him and his client (believed to be Geragos)

According to The Washington Examiner, if Nike wanted Avenatti and Geragos to remain silent, they would need to fork over $15 million to $25 million to put Avenatti and Geragos on retainer to conduct a sham "internal investigation" into the sneaker giant.

Avenatti told Nike he would accept a hush money payment of $22.5 million if Nike didn't want to keep them on retainer.

The Manhattan Federal Prosecutor's Office allege that Avenatti and Geragos planned to hold a noon press conference today, on the eve of Nike's quarterly earnings call. The press conference would most likely have a negative effect on Nike's stock and cause financial harm to the company.

Before he was taken into custody, Avenatti tweeted: "[Tomorrow] at 11 am ET, we will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered. This criminal conduct reaches the highest levels of Nike and involved some of the biggest names in college basketball."

Geragos currently represents "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who faces felony disorderly charges in Chicago. Geragos has also represented the late singer Michael Jackson, singer Chris Brown, actress Wynona Rider, retired NFL player Colin Kaepernick and more.

It isn't clear if Geragos will be charged of if he is cooperating in the investigation.

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images

  • WhoKnew

    Not Geragos? Wayfair do you got what I need? Cuz this shyt getting good!

  • Coy little wink

    Whew Chile...corruption all around!

    I don't understand why 2 attorneys actually thought they could pull this off

  • Babe Miller


  • SandraRose

    The information must be huge if Mike and Mark were confident enough to ask for $25 million to cover it up.

  • shelly

    They better leak the story now.

  • Coy little wink

    Yes but they know the law..all Nike had to do was call the feds....

  • WhoKnew

    Right. Like how did they walk into that trap. Avenatti, I can understand because he seems like a loose cannon desperate for cash. I just don't get Geragos falling for this set-up.

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    ? I just emailed his firm asking them to release the names as payback!!

  • Sushi
  • Coy little wink

    Geragos is very sharp I'm surprised at this

  • HaitianFlower

    PR wise Nike got a strong hold of the event?. Nike stocks will still be hurt

  • Fire & Ice

    Jeezuz when the lawyer needs a lawyer ?

  • WhoKnew

    I am extremely surprised. It appears he's an "in-demand" attorney who probably does not need the money so how did he crawl into the depths of breaking the law rather than representing law breakers?

  • bemetoo

    So if he was unamed how did they get a name???

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chris distance yourself..... got nothing else for for this .... and he represents Jussie damn Smollet ?? smgdh .... CB distance yourself...

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He wasn't named in the indictment, but apparently somebody with inside knowledge leaked his name to the media.
    At this point I'm assuming it's true, since 1) He hasn't denied it, and 2) He just got fired by CNN.

  • Judge Mental Will

    Obviously Avenatti thought his ? doesn't stank. Calling everyone criminals when he's the biggest criminal of all. Sounds like Trump to me.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If Geragos is a co-conspirator in this then he should be charged. This was super-shady on his part. But if he doesn't get prosecuted on he'll probably get disbarred, which is pretty humiliating in itself.

  • WhoKnew

    Just fired probably means it's true. In my Chris Tucker voice DAYUUUUM!

  • WinterIsComing

    I’m disgusted. Why do folks refuse to make money the legit way knowing that jail is always a possibility when you’re scamming. ?????

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    Jussie needs a new attorney

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
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  • Renee26

    Couldn't find a pic of him alone huh??

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Good now they can be disbarred

  • Ghost

    Now THIS is very interesting....TWO lawyers tied to TWO high profile cases just got busted doing underhanded ?! Very interesting......

  • teather

    I guess at this point we should conclude that ppl get attorneys' licenses to do dirt. THere's no other explanation as to why all these folks doing illegal sh*t are attorney, or politicians, who are most often also attorneys. I give up on America, not that I had hecka faith to begin with. You end how you begin and this sh*t was built on our backs and stolen from the Natives. Nothing but bad sh*t can happen in this country, full stop.

  • OvertheMississippi

    As my granny used to say, “White folks gone be white folks!” This all we are seeing.

  • Logan Roberts

    2019 ain't playing no games, everybody being called out ?. The year of exposure.

  • 1BlueStar

    Will do anything for money and "power"

  • PlayerP

    That greed be callin em...

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    you think they were trying to trap some Nike execs and got the tables turned on them????

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i wanna know who Geragos has representing Him! (and that person/firm better have Their stuff straight, LOL)

  • MsPam

    Mark Geragos the lawyer of the light skinned clients Chris Brown Colin Kaepernick and Jussie Smollett. ????

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this 'bout to heat up!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


  • Topic Influencer

    Mark Geragosssss? In my Soulja Boy voice. I'm kinda shocked he would be involved. Normally keeps his name outta b.s.

  • PlayerP

    It must be a hugemungous fish they have dirt on

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I had a feeling Donald Trump & his people would get a kick out of this story:

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    "will be holding a press conference to disclose a major high school/college basketball scandal perpetrated by @Nike that we have uncovered"

    those Nike stockholders and/or college ball officials called in some favors and beat them to the punch.

  • Topic Influencer

    Colin Kaepernick

    Oh CRAP. That may be his connection to Nike. "Hi. I represent one of your athletes." Was trying to figure out how he got in with Nike of all companies.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this some 'March madness' Shug, LOL!

  • dontgetblocked

    Isn't Michael Avanetti the one getting all these charges filed against R. Kelly with those alleged videotapes that have been hidden for 20 years. Didn't he represent that porn star who lost her case against our President? Didn't he just have domestic violence charges mysteriously dropped? Now he done phucked up. Nike will have him disbarred and thrown in jail. Makes you wonder about the "sex tapes" that just so happen to be given to Avanetti.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    this was probably Matt Whitaker's parting gift before leaving the justice dept. he couldn't touch the Mueller investigation, so he had time to do Trump's bidding and stick it to Avenatti.

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Just messy Marv being messy Marv!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    guess at this point we should conclude that ppl get attorneys' licenses to do dirt.

  • WinterIsComing

    Straight up! Smh

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Nah, I'm not even giving Matt Whitaker any credit for this. It looks like Avenatti stuck it to himself, from what I've seen in the charging documents. Looks like this was a clear case of blackmail, and then Nike flipped the script on him.

  • Phillybruh

    For your sake I hope its him.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The interesting thing is, whatever they had on Nike, the Feds have it now. So if it's some criminal stuff, both Avenatti and Nike might be in legal hot water.

  • Kylla Williams

    the simply know the law so its easy for them to manuever around them.

  • The Art

    I never liked Michael Avenatti, I always thought there was something really slimy about dude. Glad they caught this snake.

  • Li-Wright

    Threatening to publish is one thing, but actually demanding Millions of money (to go into your pockets) is another. Avenatti, who I followed, is amazingly dumb. He didn't know the feds were listening or that Nike would tell? Hard for me to believe he's that dumb!!! and Mark? OMG, he's Smollett's attorney.
    This is a fast moving news day. This is too much for one day

  • Li-Wright

    Yep. Those families will drop him like hotcakes.

  • Li-Wright

    Like I told my friend over the weekend, Trump is going to be elected again unless there's a strong smoking gun....and it seems DJT has won again!!!

  • dontgetblocked

    Karma. Started a witch hunt and now he's the hunted.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I still think the Democrat can and will beat him if they get out of their own way and put up a solid ticket that can beat Trump. But we've seen that the Dems have a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, so it wouldn't shock me if they mess this up.

  • dontgetblocked

    I heard he only got Kaepernick ten million dollars not 100 million. He also represented the light skinned Michael Jackson. CNN just fired him.

  • dontgetblocked

    You're asking this about a race that used Africans for free labor for 500 years. They're devils.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Looks like Avenatti is as crooked as Trump. Maybe he'll run for president in 2020!

  • dontgetblocked

    Damn. They were taking him to jail and he still making threats. It's a wrap for him. He had R.Kelly on the floor crying now he's stepped on Nike's toes. Anything connected to Avanetti seems like a sham. Those R. Kelly tapes just might be a fraud as well.

  • dontgetblocked

    Didn't even have time to grab my popcorn.

  • dontgetblocked

    Why wouldn't he be? The economy is great. No war. No terrorist acts ...except domestic terrorism. The country is running smoothly. I can't wait to vote for him again.

  • Scromes1212

    The liberal media losing all there "sources" lol nobody believes them anymore smh they love putting these two on tv to help push some made up agenda. Trump been out here living his best life for the past couple weeks lol I'm sure he finds this hilarious

  • therealashland

    Oh he's going to prison prison ...

  • rockstar2142

    I think we can still get him out of here if the dems get the right candidate. Trying to stay positive!!

  • rockstar2142

    Clowns stick together I see.

  • Malificent

    This is not the year to f-ck around!

  • Coy little wink


  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Oh wow, I'm gonna check out the complaint after my evening chores, lol

  • Joy King

    it all makes sense why Avenatti went so hard on Trump. One devil can recognize another. Avenatti was trying to compete for the top spot. I bet this man snorts coke. Probably a functioning addict because only some potent drugs makes you believe you can extort Nike, scam the government, banks, IRS and get away with it.

  • Fire & Ice


  • dontgetblocked do!

  • Web Tilton
  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    See this is why you don't jump on the band wagon to destroy your own.....there is ALWAYS an agenda. You don't know what you are rooting for. Think for yourself.

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    See this is why you don't jump on the band wagon to destroy your own.....there is ALWAYS an agenda. You don't know what you are rooting for. Think for yourself.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I'll just sit this right here, for anybody else who might want to read it:

  • Ms.Devereaux

    Sure did

  • GuestSTAR

    And they definitely look out for their own. I see it everyday at my work.

  • Faithz

    Avenattis will be just fine, he will get the good old boy treatment Just like Manfort got.

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    U R awesome. Thanks!

  • iWasteTime

    Avenatti is going to be the reason why R. Kelly walks in 2019.
    Geragos wasn't charged because Avenatti did the talking. They were supposed to work together but Avenatti took it upon himself to try and get the money. Geragos has money. C Breezy keeps the lights on

  • Angela Marsh

    You can say that again, I have seen Karma come back on folks like lightening this year. Integrity is everything. What is done in the dark will come to light.

  • Angela Marsh

    oh , what tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive....

  • Wile E. Coli

    Who is 'your own'?

  • Trace da Ace

    smdh.....and NOTHING will change...hell he can come out with an whole expose' and folks will STILL buy Nike.....soooooo....nothing to see here...just yt folks doing dumb yt folks shit....moving along-->

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