Nike has suspended its sponsorship of Deshaun Watson amid the numerous sexual assault allegations made in opposition to the Houston Texans quarterback, the corporate informed CNBC on Wednesday.
“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike mentioned in a press release.
22 girls have filed lawsuits in opposition to the three-time Pro Bowler over the previous month, accusing him of exposing himself, touching them together with his privates or forcibly kissing them throughout therapeutic massage appointments.
On Tuesday, Ashley Solis, the primary girl to file a lawsuit in opposition to Watson, spoke publicly about her allegations in opposition to the quarterback, saying he “robbed” her of the sensation she was therapeutic and serving to individuals as a therapeutic massage therapist.
The NFL has launched an investigation into Watson and league spokesman Brian McCarthy known as the allegations in opposition to the Clemson product “deeply disturbing.”
The Houston Police Department has additionally begun an investigation into Watson, who has denied any wrongdoing, saying, “I have never treated any woman with anything other than the utmost respect.”
Nike turns into the primary firm to tug its sponsorship of Watson. He continues to be sponsored by Rolex, Beats by Dre, H-E-B, Reliant Energy, and Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks as of Wednesday.