NFL-Nike suspend Texans’ quarterback Watson over sexual assault allegations

(Reuters) -Nike Inc has actually suspended its recommendation of Houston Texans’ Deshaun Watson following civil claims implicating the NFL quarterback of sexual attack and unsuitable conduct, the sportswear giant stated on Wednesday.

Twenty-two ladies have actually stepped forward and submitted claims versus Watson, 25, who is likewise being examined by the NFL for accusations they referred to as “deeply disturbing”.

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

Massage therapist Ashley Solis, the female who submitted the very first suit declaring sexual attack by Watson, divulged her identity and stated on Tuesday she has actually given that experienced stress and anxiety, anxiety and anxiety attack.

“We were all deceived into thinking Deshaun Watson was a good guy and unfortunately we know that good guys can do terrible things,” she had actually stated.

In the claims, Watson is implicated of exposing his genital areas to the ladies and requiring a minimum of one to carry out foreplay, allegations he has actually rejected.

The Texans stated in a letter to season ticket holders that they were taking the accusations seriously and would continue to keep track of the circumstance.

“While we await the conclusion of these investigations, we express our strong stance against any form of sexual assault,” the letter checked out.

“Our family and the entire Houston Texans organization are deeply troubled by any form of abuse and we condemn this type of behaviour.”

The NFL stated it had actually started an examination under its Individual Conduct Policy.

Watson signed a four-year, $156 million agreement extension with the Texans last September however asked for a sell January.

(Reporting by Nivedita Balu and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru;Modifying by Christian Radnedge)

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.