Thursday, September 19, 2019

Nike drops Antonio Brown amid sexual assault allegations

Lia Eustachewich
September 19, 2019

Antonio Brown has been dropped from Nike — amid allegations that he raped his personal trainer.

The lightning-rod New England Patriots receiver no longer has a shoe deal with the athletic giant, the Boston Globe reporter.

“Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete,” a spokesperson told the outlet Wednesday night.

The rep declined to elaborate on a reason behind the decision or the timing of it.

Brown, 31, is facing allegations in a federal lawsuit that he sexually assaulted trainer Britney Taylor twice in 2017 and then raped her in May 2018. Taylor’s suit was filed three days after Brown inked a one-year, $15 million contract with the Pats.

Brown once boasted about his love for Nike sneakers — and his lucrative deal with the company — in a YouTube video entitled “Antonio Brown Goes Sneaker Shopping with Complex.”

In the recording, posted a couple of weeks after the alleged rape, he plunks down $1,055 on five pairs on Nikes.

“I am getting a huge Nike deal, which is opening up leverage for a lot of other guys and a lot of up-and-coming players to get in the marketing world and making money off the field,” he said.

Nike debuted the $100 “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown” shoe in February, a month before the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Brown to the Oakland Raiders, the Globe reported.

The sneaker is no longer sold on Nike’s website, though Raiders and Steelers jerseys featuring Brown’s name and No. 84 were still available.

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