Following sexual assault allegations, Nike has dropped a member from their team. They have removed New England Patriots WR Antonio Brown as a sponsored athlete. Nike has suspended Browns’ signature shoe deal and has removed the shoes from their site.
The Boston Globe was the first to report the news on Brown and Nike.
Nike and Brown joined forces to create the Nike Tech Trainer, Antonio Brown’s signature shoe. The shoe was released in February of this year and retailed for $100.
This is the second endorsement deal Brown has lost over the last week following the allegations. Brown previously established a deal with helmet provider Xenith amidst the helmet drama that played a role in catapulting the former Raider to the New England Patriots.
Multiple Sexual Assault Claims Face Brown
Britney Taylor, a former trainer of Brown, has recently come forward with allegations proclaiming sexual assault by the now-Patriots wide receiver.
Taylor filed a civil lawsuit in Florida federal court against Brown for her assault claims in 2017 and rape claim in 2018. She recently met with the NFL for 10 hours, per Joshua Rhett Miller of the New York Post to assist the league’s investigation into Brown’s conduct.
Taylor was the first woman to come forward with claims against Brown. The New York Post detailed the additional allegations which were revealed and first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Robert Klemko.
The second accuser said Brown inappropriately propositioned her at his Pittsburgh home in 2017 — standing behind her fully naked, holding nothing but a small towel over his genitals, as she painted, according to a Sports Illustrated report.
Dr. Victor Prisk also accused Brown of repeatedly farting in his face and laughing about it during a 2018 consultation to which he was three hours late — and claims the athlete still owes him $11,000 in unpaid fees.
Antonio Brown adamantly denies the allegations against him.
Will the NFL Suspend Brown?
The NFL can place Brown on paid leave if they find that he has violated the league conduct policy. However, they have opted not to do so to this point. The NFL chose not to suspend Brown once news broke of these allegations, allowing for due process and also the chance to conduct their own investigation.
Brown suited up and played his first game with the Patriots against the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. The wideout finished the game with four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in limited playing time.
Brown was acquired by the Patriots on September 7, following a short, yet tumultuous tenure with the Oakland Raiders. Brown’s antics in the Bay Area, while disruptive, were mostly perceived as harmless.
As of now, it seems as if Brown is destined to continue suiting up and playing in NFL games for the foreseeable future. Brown’s next game will take place in Foxborough, as the division rival New York Jets come to town. AB will likely continue to improve on his statistical output as he gets more acquainted with the Patriots complex offense. A matchup against the Jets is a good place to start. Gang Green allowed 161 receiving yards to Browns WR Odell Beckham Jr. just one week ago. While they themselves are dealing with a disgruntled player in pro-bowl safety Jamal Adams, who is coming off of a recent fine and benching in last Monday’s game.