Nike is Latest to Cut Ties With Patriots' Antonio Brown

Ryan Hannable
September 19, 2019 - 10:59 am

Antonio Brown once had a huge deal with Nike, but as of Thursday that is no longer the case.

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On Wednesday night, a Nike spokesman told the Boston Globe the Patriots wide receiver is no longer affiliated with the company.

On Wednesday night, a Nike spokesman told the Boston Globe the Patriots wide receiver is no longer affiliated with the company.

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“Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete," the spokesman said.

The spokesman did not give a reason, but one would imagine it has to do with the recent allegations against the wide receiver. It's also worth noting it is unclear when the partnership ended.

On Feb. 5, Nike introduced the “Nike Tech Trainer Antonio Brown” shoe, which was listed for $100. It was light bone/white-black-metallic gold” in color and had tiny 84's on them -- Brown's number in Pittsburgh and Oakland.

The shoe is no longer listed on Nike's website.

Last week, Brown also lost an endorsement deal with helmet manufacturer Xenith, whom he signed with on Sept. 5. Brown had spent most of his training camp while with the Oakland Raiders in a long standoff with the NFL over his helmet, which was no longer certified and deemed unsafe.

Over the last week-plus, Brown has had a civil lawsuit filed against him claiming he sexually assaulted and raped a woman. Then, a separate Sports Illustrated story alleges another sexual misconduct incident as well as multiple occasions where Brown has failed to pay for services, including a chef during the week of the Pro Bowl. His initial accuser met with the league for 10 hours on Monday as part of its investigation. 

Brown made his Patriots debut last Sunday in Miami.