Duke: No evidence of improper benefits to Zion Williamson

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke says an investigation has found no evidence that former basketball star Zion Williamson received improper benefits.

School spokesman Michael Schoenfeld said in a statement Saturday that a “thorough and objective” probe led by investigators outside the athletic department found “no evidence to support any allegation” that would have jeopardized Williamson’s eligibility.

Duke athletic director Kevin White said in April that the school would investigate after lawyer Michael Avenatti accused Nike of paying Williamson’s mother to convince him to attend a college affiliated with the shoe company.

Williamson was taken first overall by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft after earning Associated Press player of the year honours as a freshman at Duke.

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