Antonio Brown Loses Endorsement Deal with Nike
Former Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown will no longer be endorsed by Nike, a company spokesman told the Boston Globe on Thursday.
“Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete,” a spokesperson said, without giving a specific reason.
Brown has dominated headlines throughout the early part of the 2019 NFL season.
Most notably, he has been accused of sexual assault and rape in a federal lawsuit by former trainer Britney Tayor, allegations that might have led to prosecution in Allegheny County if not for an expired statute of limitations.
Brown could still face criminal charges in his native Florida after the claims brought by Taylor as well as discipline from the NFL. The league has spoken to Taylor in a reportedly 10-hour meeting and is expected to make a decision in its investigation after meeting with Brown.
Brown also recently lost an endorsement deal with helmet manufacturer Xenith, a deal that came after a month-long standoff between Brown and the NFL about his former helmet model being phased out of compliance by the league.
The dollar figure Brown stands to lose in his endorsement contracts is unknown. He’s set to make $10.6 million this season with the Patriots, down from the $14.6 he would have made if he had stayed with the Oakland Raiders.