Paris Saint-Germain Brazilian football player Neymar broke up with Nike last year 15 years later, but no one knew at the time why the sponsorship agreement between the two parties was cancelled.This Wall Street Journal According to his report, this was also revealed because the Brazilian football player allegedly trained a Nike employee.
In 2020, the real reason why the American sporting goods giant Nike and the Brazilian superstar Neymar parted ways is unknown. Initially, the cooperation should continue for another eight years. Soon after, it was announced that the 29-year-old had signed with Puma.
However, according to American newspapers, the reasons for the divorce between the two parties are very serious: The world-class Brazilian football player may have sexually harassed one of Nike’s marketing assistants. As early as 2016, the woman told her colleagues that Neymar, who was still playing in Barcelona at the time, wanted to force her to perform oral sex in a hotel in New York. Then in 2018, he complained to Nike about the incident.
The woman reported the case in detail to the company’s personnel manager and lawyer. The company finally launched an investigation into the matter in 2019. The player representatives denied the news, and Neymar himself refused to answer questions, which eventually led to the termination of the sponsorship.
A Neymar spokesperson also spoke on the case, resolutely refuting the news. According to him, the accusation is unfounded. And there is no realistic basis for this story. He added that the merger of Nike and Neymar was purely for professional reasons.