Sporting merchandise manufacturing giant Nike has said it is “deeply concerned” by rape allegations made against footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.
The American sportswear behemoth – which has a contract worth a reported $1bn(100 billion) with the Juventus forward- said they will “continue to closely monitor the situation”, according to the AP
EA Sports, which also has a contract with Ronaldo, made similar comments.
33 year old Ronaldo earlier “firmly” denied assaulting one Ms.Kathryn Mayorga at a Las Vegas hotel back in 2009.
Ms Mayorga, a 34-year-old US former teacher, was inspired to speak out by the #MeToo movement, her lawyer said.
“The MeToo movement and the women who have stood up and disclosed sexual assaults has given Kathryn a lot of courage,”
Leslie Stovall said.
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What did Nike and EA Sports say?
In a statement, Nike said: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Meanwhile, EA Sports told the AP: “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo.
“We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”