“We are deeply concerned about the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation, ”Nike said in a statement. Beats by Dre has not released a statement and has not responded to MarketWatch’s request for comment.
Watson has been accused of assault or sexual harassment in the lawsuits of 22 women.
According to attorney Darren Heitner, Nike will use the ethical clause of its contract with Watson to suspend its validity. Nike has used this term in the past the same way it was with the Baltimore Ravens previously running again Rice with Raywho attacked a woman in 2014.
The financial terms of Watson’s deal with Nike and Beats by Dre have yet to be made public.
The first woman to accuse Watson of assault and sexual harassment in a lawsuit that made public on Tuesday, arguing she was terrorized by the encounter with the NFL player and that he should be held accountable. responsibility for your actions.
During a press conference, Ashley Solis said she was assaulted and injured while trying to massage Watson in March 2020.
“I go now so that Deshaun Watson won’t attack another woman … I am seeking justice not only for myself but for all the survivors … This is how I can hear my voice,” Solis said in tears as she read the statement, adding she was no longer afraid to speak.
Solis’s description of her encounter with Watson, in which he allegedly touched her with his penis during the massage, reflecting the allegations of other women in their lawsuit . They accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching his penis or kissing them against their will while he was massaged. At least one woman accused Watson of forcing her to perform oral sex during a massage in December. All the women who sued Watson were licensed massage therapists, or work in a spa or similar property. The first lawsuit was filed on March 16 and the most recent one was filed on Monday.
Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, called the allegations “useless” and questioned the allegations against Watson, claiming they came after a failed attempt to blackmail his client. me for 30,000 dollars.
Solis said in her statement that since she was accused of assault, she suffered from panic attacks, anxiety, depression and was no longer comfortable doing a massage job.
Both the Houston Police Department and The NFL is conducting their own investigations into the allegations.
Watson is one of the NFL’s best midfielders and signed a four-year, $ 156 million renewal deal with the Texas team last season. Watson recently asked to transact from the group, before bringing up allegations of sexual misconduct.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.