Nike suspends Texas QB Deshaun Watson’s endorsement deal on “disturbing allegations” of sexual misconduct by 22 women
Nike suspended its endorsement contract with Houston Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson on allegations of sexual misconduct by 22 women.
“We are deeply concerned about the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson,” Nike said in a statement to DailyMail.com. “We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
Watson signed an undisclosed amount endorsement deal with Nike in 2017.
A Nike spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s question about the details of Watson’s suspension, e.g. For example, whether the company will advertise the 25-year-old quarterback or withhold his pay.
Nike suspended its endorsement contract with Houston Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson on allegations of sexual misconduct by 22 women
In separate lawsuits filed in Texas last month, Watson was charged with sexual misconduct by 22 unidentified women, mostly licensed massage therapists. On Tuesday, two of the women, Ashley Solis and Lauren Baxley, publicly identified for the first time.
Plaintiffs complain of civil assault and willful infliction of emotional distress, accusing Watson of exposing himself, touching her with his penis and, in some cases, ejaculating on her. Two of the plaintiffs are also suing for sexual assault, alleging that Watson forced them to have oral sex with him.
The Houston Police and the NFL are both investigating the allegations.
Watson has denied the allegations through his lawyer.