Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike-sponsored athlete

New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike-sponsored athlete, the company said on Thursday.

Nike did not say when Brown was dropped as an athlete or why he was no longer sponsored by the company, but the NFL player has been accused of sexual assault by two women— including his former trainer— in the last two weeks. He was also the subject of a Sports Illustrated article that took a deep look into his past.

When Insider contacted Nike about Brown’s sponsorship, the company said: “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”

Brown was a Nike athlete for years. The company published an article about his “Secret Fitness Power” in 2017, and released signature shoes featuring his name earlier this year.

When asked about when Brown’s sponsorship ended, Nike told Insider: “We don’t get into specifics of sports marketing relationships.”

It remains unclear if Brown was dropped before sexual assault allegations against him emerged.

Read more: New ugly allegations have come out against Antonio Brown — Here is a timeline of his bizarre year since leaving the Steelers.

Britney Taylor , who met Brown in 2010 during a Bible study at Central Michigan University and later went on to be his personal trainer, filed a federal lawsuit in Florida last week in which she accused Brown of sexual assault and rape. No criminal charges have been filed.

A second woman, who remains anonymous, accused Brown of sexual assault in the story published by Sports Illustrated.

Brown and his legal team have denied both claims of sexual assault. Taylor met with the NFL to discuss her allegations on Monday.

According to the Bleacher Report, police have also been involved in three domestic disputes involving Brown over the last four years, and Sports Illustrated’s article detailed several allegations bill dodging and domestic disturbances.

Brown, meanwhile, is still playing for the Patriots. The wide receiver, who is in his 10th NFL season, made his first touchdown with the team on Sunday.


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