But the company added that it ended its relationship with Neymar “because he refused to cooperate in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee.”
Dayane Crespo, Neymar’s representative, told CNN Business that the Paris Saint-Germain player denies the allegations, adding that his relationship with Nike was ended “for commercial reasons.”
“Neymar Jr. will vigorously defend himself against these baseless attacks in case any allegations be made, which has not happened so far,” the representative added. “It is quite strange that a case that supposedly happened in 2016, with allegations made by a Nike employee, appears only at this moment.”
Neymar’s father, Neymar Sr., also denied the latest accusations against his son in an interview with the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, sê “we were surprised” en “Neymar doesn’t even know this girl.” CNN Business has reached out to the father for comment.
News of the alleged
2016 voorval, and Nike’s reasons for terminating its relationship with Neymar
, was first reported by the Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal report shed new light on the end of a partnership between Neymar and Nike that had lasted for 15 jare. The athlete’s departure from Nike was made public late last summer, around the same time Puma announced that it had signed him. Puma did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Neymar was previously accused of rape by a Brazilian woman in
2019, though he has vehemently denied all allegations against him