According to information disclosed by people familiar with the situation and documents seen by The Wall Street Journal, Nike Inc. (NKE) began investigating an allegation of sexual assault by a Brazilian athlete Neymar by an employee of the company. Later, he parted ways with the football superstar last year.
Neymar is one of the most famous athletes in the world. In August 2020, Nike did not publicly explain the reasons for the early termination of the endorsement contract between the two parties. According to a person familiar with the matter, there were eight years left in the contract between Nike and Neymar.
According to these people familiar with the matter and documents seen by the Wall Street Journal, in 2016, the Nike employee told friends and colleagues that when she helped coordinate Neymar and his entourage’s activities and logistics in New York City, Neymar tried Forcing her to perform oral sex in his hotel room. These people familiar with the matter include former and current Nike employees.
Neymar’s spokesperson said that Neymar denied the allegations. The spokesperson said in a statement: “If the other party makes any claims, Neymar will vigorously defend these unfounded attacks, but so far no claims have been filed.” She also said that Nike and Neymar Marr ended the contract for business reasons.