Nike 'Deeply Concerned' About Rape Allegations Against Ronaldo
Nike 'Deeply Concerned' About Rape Allegations Against Ronaldo
Attorney Leslie Stovall speaks during a news conference about rape allegations against football star Cristiano Ronaldo
05 October, 2018, 20:00
Federation Internationale de Football Association 19 cover star Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere to be seen on the game's official social media channels, following rape allegations against him.
"I have only known him for three months, but in his 15 year career he has always shown professionalism on and off the pitch".
"The events allegedly dating back to nearly 10 years ago does not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion".
Ronaldo denied all accusations made by Kathryn Mayorga, who Spiegel Online report to have been silenced by the footballer when he allegedly raped her after in Las Vegas nearly ten years ago.
Juventus later posted a video on YouTube and Twitter shows, Ronaldo, working up a sweat as he trained with his teammates at the team's Continassa center in Turin for Saturday's league game against Udinese.
EA Sports, which also has a contract with Ronaldo, made similar comments. Mayorga revealed other details in a Der Spiegel interview. In a statement to Eurogamer on Thursday, they said they were "closely monitoring" the situation.
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Nike, however, which reportedly has a $1bn (R14 billion) deal with Ronaldo, said in a statement to the Press Association that it is "deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations" and "will continue to closely monitor the situation". Mayorga reported the alleged attack to police in 2009 but didn't name Ronaldo at the time.
Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against the football player aiming to void a non-disclosure agreement from the time, as her lawyers believe she was coerced into signing it in exchange for $375,000.
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