Nike ends its relationship with New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown while the NFL investigates allegations of sexual assault against him. CBS Boston confirmed Thursday that Brown is no longer affiliated with the footwear giant.
"Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete," a Nike spokesman told CBS Boston.
Nike would not go into detail why they are no longer in business with the star receiver or which country has refused consent. But time shows that the world's largest running shoe company no longer wants to contact Brown, who was accused of sexual assault by a former civil suit trainer brought last week.
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There are no Antonio Brown sneakers available on the Nike website, including his signature shoe, "Nike Antonio Brown Technical Trainer." The site still offers a handful of Antonio Brown T-shirts, but only those of his time in Pittsburgh and Auckland.
The news of the split was first reported by The Boston Globe.
Brown made his Patriots debut last weekend against the Dolphins, catching four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. It is reported that it will take weeks for Brown to investigate the civil case. The receiver is expected to make his debut at Vest on Sunday when the Patriots host the New York Jets.
In his first interview since joining the Patriots, Brown on Thursday declined to answer questions about the allegations, saying he maintained his focus on football.
Asked if he was currently in good shape with the league and ready to play on Sunday, Brown replied that he was "very grateful to have been here to play for Bill Belikick and Tom Brady."
"I have a lot of crime to learn and to catch up with," he continued. "But I'm excited and grateful to be here and be a part of these guys."
After answering that it was a "huge honor" when asked about working with Brady, Brown was asked what the process of attracting the Patriots was as with everything that happens in his life. Again, Brown deferred to football.
"This is football," he said. "I'm grateful to be playing football. Every time you walk in the door here, you know (to be) the best for the team. So every time I come in here, I just want to make sure that I'm getting ready to give this guys the best. "
Last asked if he had heard anything from the NFL about his availability, Brown replied," I appreciate the question. I'm just here to focus on the ball and I look forward to getting out there and playing and being with the team. "