Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against Neymar

first_imgNike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against NeymarSportswear manufacturing giant, Nike has said it is concerned over allegations of rape against Neymar and that it will closely monitor the situation before taking a call. The Paris Saint-Germain superstar has denied the rape allegationadvertisement Next Reuters BrasiliaJune 7, 2019UPDATED: June 7, 2019 11:03 IST Nike ‘very concerned’ about rape accusation against Neymar.(Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNike issued a statement the day after a woman accused Neymar of rapeNeymar’s lawyer Fernandes said her client was innocent of the allegation made against himNeymar’s press representative declined to comment on his sponsorshipNike Inc is “very concerned” about a rape accusation against Brazilian soccer star Neymar, the world’s largest sportswear maker said on Thursday, raising questions about its sponsorship of one of the sport’s most famous players.Nike issued a statement a day after a woman said in an interview with Brazilian SBT TV that Neymar had raped her in a Paris hotel last month. Neymar denied the allegation in an Instagram post and has said the woman was trying to extort him.The lawyer for Neymar’s accuser did not respond to questions from Reuters.”We are very concerned by the recent allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said when asked about the accusation against Neymar, who plays his club soccer with French champions Paris Saint-Germain.A press representative for Neymar declined to comment on his sponsorships.Neymar’s lawyer Mayra Fernandes, speaking to journalists in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday, did not address his sponsorship deals. She said her client was innocent of the allegation made against him.A press representative for Mastercard in Brazil confirmed to Reuters that the company had planned an advertising campaign to coincide with this month’s Copa America tournament but she did not confirm reports in Brazil’s three biggest newspapers that Mastercard had decided to suspend Neymar’s featuring in it.U.S. press representatives for Mastercard did not reply to requests for comment.Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA , which featured Neymar in the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, said it was a sponsor of the national team but not individual players. A press representative declined to comment on the accusation against Neymar.advertisementMcDonald’s Corp and Procter & Gamble Co’s Gillette brand, which both featured Neymar prominently in ad campaigns last year, said they had no current contract with him.POLICE REPORTA police report seen by Reuters showed that a woman had accused Neymar, 27, of raping her at a Paris hotel last month. Sao Paulo police are investigating the accusation. According to the police report, she told investigators that she met Neymar on Instagram. Neymar suggested they meet in person in Paris and he paid for her flight and her hotel room, the report said.After media reports on the allegation, Neymar posted a video on Instagram, in which he denied the accusations, said he was a victim of extortion and shared messages he exchanged with the woman, including racy photos he had received.That led police in Rio de Janeiro to open an investigation into whether Neymar had committed a crime by posting those intimate pictures online.Neymar’s lawyer Fernandes said that Neymar had already spoken with police investigating the cybercrime, but had not yet arranged a time to go to Sao Paulo to speak with police about the rape accusation, but was committed to doing so.On Wednesday night the woman, Najila de Souza, gave her first on-camera interview since her accusation became public.”I was a victim of rape,” de Souza told SBT TV.Some of Neymar’s teammates have come out in support of him, but national team coach Tite told journalists on Monday that he did not want to pass judgment on the matter.The Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday that Neymar would be dropped from the Brazil team for the Copa America because of an ankle injury suffered in a friendly match against Qatar.Also Read | Woman reaffirms allegations against Neymar: I was the victim of rape’Also Read | Neymar ruled out of Copa America with ankle ligament injuryAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Nike IncFollow NeymarFollow rape accusationFollow Neymar rape accusationlast_img read more