Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike athlete amid sexual assault allegations

Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike athlete, a spokesperson said
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A Nike spokesperson said that the company has severed ties with the New England Patriots receiver, who currently faces sexual assault allegations by a former trainer.

The Nike Tech Trainer “Antonio Brown” was released in February. A search for the shoe on the company’s website on Thursday returned a message that the product is no longer available.

Last year, Antonio Brown boasted he had a “huge Nike deal.” In February, the company came out with an Antonio Brown trainer. Today, a Nike spokesman says “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.”

Endorsement deals with major brands contain “morals clauses.” They make it very easy for a company to drop an athlete who attracts controversy that damages their brand or the company’s brand. Athlete doesn’t have to be “guilty.” It’s all about the controversy.

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