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Attorney Michael Avenatti accused of embezzling nearly $2 million that NBA player paid ex-girlfriend

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Embattled attorney Michael Avenatti is now accused of embezzling nearly $2 million intended for the former girlfriend of the Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside, according to a federal indictment.

According to reports, When Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat wired $2.75 million to Michael Avenatti in January 2017, the pro basketball player intended most of the money to go to his former girlfriend, Alexis Gardner.

Avenatti was Gardner’s attorney. An actress and barista, she’d hired him just a few weeks before to negotiate a settlement of a potential lawsuit against Whiteside. It’s unclear what she would have alleged. Avenatti quickly struck a $3-million deal, and the $2.75 million was Whiteside’s first payment.

Avenatti, prosecutors say, was entitled to take just over $1 million in legal fees, leaving the rest for Gardner.

Instead, they allege, Avenatti hid Whiteside’s payment from her and immediately took $2.5 million to buy a share of a private jet.

The full story of Avenatti’s alleged embezzlement from Gardner came to light in bank records and in the April 10 indictment of the Los Angeles lawyer by a federal grand jury in Santa Ana.

The 36-count indictment, which spans an array of alleged financial crimes, identifies Whiteside as “Individual 1” and Gardner as “Client 2.”

“We entered into a mutually agreed upon settlement more than two years ago following the end of our relationship; a settlement that reflected Alexis’ investment of time and support over a number of years as Hassan pursued a career in the NBA,” Whiteside and Gardner told the Los Angeles Times in a statement released by his agent.

Ciara Says She Did NOT Have Sex with Russell Wilson After Signing $140 Million Deal On ‘WWHL’

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Ciara talks about premarital absence, reacts to Russell Wilson’s new Seahawks’ deal and more on ‘Watch What Happens Live’. She also gives a little twerk lessons as well..

Ciara laughed and revealed, “After we did that video we went to sleep.” She did hint that maybe something happened earlier in the day, but said as soon as they finalized the contract, they shot the video and passed out.

Cohen also wanted to know what the first big purchase will be, to which Ciara jokes that she wants an Hermes bag. Luckily, Wilson can afford one — or 100 — now that he’s rolling in the dough.

Along with getting a “I’m Very Rich Bitch Football,” Ciara also took some time to show Rinna how to twerk like a champ. Those housewives better watch out.

Gabrielle Union Explains Why Her ‘Entire Household’ Went to Pride Parade for Dwyane Wade’s Son Zion

Over a week ago, Dwyane Wade shared his support publicly for his 11-year-old son, who appeared Sunday at the annual Miami Beach Pride march.

“We support each other with Pride,” Wade wrote on Instagram over a photo of his son, Zion, who appeared with his stepmom, actressGabrielle Union.

Zion and his stepmom were on a float during Sunday’s LGBTQ pride festival. Other family members, including his big brother, Zaire, 17, and baby sister, Kaavia, were also at the event. Click Here if you missed that.

Gabrielle Union shared why she and her “entire household” supported Dwyane Wade’s 11-year-old son, Zion, at Pride Parade.

“It feels normal,” the L.A.’s Finest actress, 46, told Us Weekly exclusively at the Black Design Collective Honors Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter event on Saturday, April 13. “My mom took me to my first pride at eight years old. We moved to San Francisco, and it’s kind of part of being a global citizen.”

The We’re Going to Need More Wine author added: “People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it. In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to pride.”

Bag Secured. New Contract Makes Russell Wilson the Highest Paid Player in the NFL

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Last night Russell Wilson signed his new contract with the Seattle Seahawks, making him the highest paid player in the NFL…

According to ESPN reports, The Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached agreement on a four-year, $140 million extension that includes a $65 million signing bonus and makes the quarterback the highest-paid player in the NFL, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday morning.
With the four new years added to his contract, Wilson, 30, is now contractually tied to the Seahawks through the 2023 season, the source said.

Russell and his wife Ciara confirmed the news last night from bed.

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Zion Williamson entering NBA draft after 1 year at Duke

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Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

According to reports, Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Williamson captivated all of college basketball with his freakish, once-in-a-generation athleticism, his energy at both ends of the floor and his omnipresent charisma.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year averaged 22.6 points — tied for the league lead with teammate RJ Barrett — and 8.9 rebounds. Along the way, he became the face of college basketball this season, routinely coming up with at least one highlight-reel play or show-stopping dunk per game.

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🔵Thank you Duke🔵#thebrotherhood

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Tiger Woods Wins Masters For Fifth Time

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Tiger Woods clinched his fifth Masters and 15th major title to seal one of the greatest comeback stories in sport after overcoming career-threatening back problems.

According to reports, After an 11-year drought, golf’s most polarizing and popular figure has added another major to his dossier, outlasting a star-studded leaderboard on Sunday by posting a final round 2-under 70 to win the 2019 Masters. It’s his first major win since the 2008 U.S. Open, 15th of his career and first at Augusta National since 2005. With five green jackets now in his Augusta locker, Woods is second all-time at the pristine course behind only Jack Nicklaus, who won six times between 1963 and 1986.

“I was just trying to plod my way around the golf course all day, then all of a sudden I had the lead, and coming up 18, it was just trying to make a 5,” said Woods. “When I tapped the putt in, I don’t know what I did, but I know I screamed. And then I was just looking for Joey. I shook the guys’ hands and then found Joey, and it was a pretty big embrace. To have my kids there, it’s come full circle. My dad was here in 1997 and now i’m the dad with two kids there.”

Woods becomes a five-time Masters winner on Sunday, which stands alone as the second-most in the sport’s history ahead of Arnold Palmer. Only Jack Nicklaus, who won six, has more. The victory marks Woods’ first at Augusta since 2005, when he capped an incredible decade of dominance at the event he also won in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

“It’s overwhelming,” said Woods of winning for a fifth time. “I think just because of what has transpired, and last year i was just very lucky to be playing again. The previous dinner, the champions dinner, I was really struggling and missed a couple years of not playing this great tournament. To now be the champion, 22 years between wins is a long time. But it’s just unreal for me to experience this. My mom was here, she was there in 97 as well. So I just couldn’t be more happy and more excited and i’m kind of at a loss for words, really.”