Antonio Brown is no longer a Nike athlete.
According to Michael Silverman of The Boston Globe, Brown was dropped by Nike, a company that he had a shoe deal with. A spokesperson confirmed this on Wednesday when they said, "Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete."
Though the spokesperson declined to explain why the company had dropped Brown, it is likely related to the sexual assault and rape allegations that were brought against him a week and a half ago.
Nike is the second known partner to part ways with Brown in recent weeks. Helmet manufacturer Xenith parted with Brown just a couple of weeks after Brown had agreed to wear the Xenith Shadow to end his helmet controversy with the Oakland Raiders. Shortly after that happened, Brown was released and came to the New England Patriots.
Brown could see similar fallout from the other companies that sponsor him as the case against him continues to be in the public eye.
The Patriots are more worried about what Brown's status with the team will be moving forward. As of right now, there's "no way of knowing" what will happen with Brown, but he is reportedly expected to be eligible to play in Week 3 against the New York Jets. His week-to-week status will still be in question as he could be placed on the commissioner's exempt list at any time.
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