Nike Parts Ways With Brazilian Footballer, Neymar Over Refusal To Cooperate With Sex Assault Probe
Nike announced that it will be parting ways with Brazilian football superstar, Neymar, after he refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation as an employee at the company claimed that he sexually assaulted her.
The 2016 incident which was reported to the company in 2018 was inconclusive, there were no facts emerging that would enable Nike to speak substantively on the matter. Nike said in a statement, “It would be inappropriate for Nike to make an accusatory statement without being able to provide supporting facts,” the company said, but added: “Nike ended its relationship with the athlete because he refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee.”
“Neymar Jr. will vigorously defend himself against these baseless attacks in case any claim is presented, which did not happen so far,” a spokesperson for Neymar denies the claims.
Nike was preparing for further investigations in 2018, but respected the employee’s initial desire to keep this matter confidential and avoid an investigation. However, she expressed an interest in pursuing the matter in 2019. “We continue to respect the confidentiality of the employee and also recognize that this has been a long and difficult experience for her,” Nike said.
Unfortunately, another young woman came forth and filed a complaint against Neymar for rape in 2019 as well. Sadly, he vehemently denied and the case was eventually dropped.
What do you think happened between Neymar and the Nike employee?