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Nike, Beats by Dre suspend endorsements of Deshaun Watson amid sexual assault allegations

Pat Leonard, New York Daily News on

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Nike has suspended its endorsement of Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson, the New York Daily News confirmed Wednesday.

Watson faces 22 lawsuits alleging that he sexually assaulted or harassed almost two dozen female masseuses. His first accuser, Ashley Solis, made her identity public and appeared on camera at a press conference on Tuesday.

Nike’s suspension was first reported by CNBC Wednesday morning.

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson,” Nike said in a statement provided to the News. “We will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

Beats by Dre followed Nike’s lead and also parted ways with Watson on Wednesday, per Front Office Sports.

Solis, flanked by plaintiffs’ attorney Tony Buzbee, said Tuesday that she can no longer practice massage due to the trauma caused by Watson’s alleged assault of her on March 30, 2020.

 

She also said she has experienced frequent panic attacks, anxiety and bouts of depression.

“I’m here to take back the power and take back control,” Solis said. “I’m a survivor of assault and harassment.”

A second accuser, Lauren Baxley, did not attend Tuesday’s press conference but also made her identity public in a letter read aloud by an attorney.

“Every boundary, from professional and therapeutic to sexual and degrading, you crossed or attempted to cross,” Baxley wrote.

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