Deshaun Watson has been dropped by some of his biggest endorsement brands following allegations of sexual misconduct and assault were put to the National Football League (NFL) star.
US sportswear brand Nike, headphones manufacturer Beats by Dre and Reliant Energy have all opted to publicly distance themselves from the quarterback who currently plies his trade at the Houston Texans.
The number of women who have publicly come forward to accuse Watson of sexual assault has reached 22.
A statement from Nike said that they were "deeply concerned" by the allegations and confirmed that they had suspended their relationship with Watson, although they will continue to "closely monitor the situation".
Beats confirmed it would terminate its relationship with Watson to USA Today, whilst Reliant also confirmed that it would not be renewing its deal with the 25-year-old after it expires.
Watson's sponsors have exited their deals with Watson after initially two women came forward to reveal their allegations against the quarterback.
In a news conference arranged by Tony Buzbee, the lawyer bringing the civil suit against Watson in Texas, Ashley Solis, said: "I am a survivor of assault and harassment. Deshaun Watson is my assaulter and my harasser."
Watson has gone on to deny any wrongdoing and his legal team has portrayed the allegations as a money grab. Watson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said in a statement on April 6 that Buzbee's firm had ‘sought US$100,000 in hush money’ prior to filing Solis' lawsuit last month.
Author: Jake Wilkin