A report from The Wall Street Journal shed light on why Nike and Neymar Jr. parted ways last summer after the 29-year-old reportedly failed to cooperate in good faith investigation of the alleged incident with a Nike employee.
The Journal shared details of the reported incident in 2016. The unnamed alleged victim reportedly helped coordinate logistics with Neymar’s team for a Jordan Brand event promoting a new collaboration.
What reportedly took place next involved Neymar forcing the alleged victim into performing oral sex when the two were left alone. The employee would file a complaint in 2018, and Nike would open an investigation a year later.
Nike did not resolve whether an assault occurred, so it explains why they didn’t offer a public statement over the matter. Neymar has denied these accusations, and the PSG forward took to Instagram, where he defended himself from this report.
“Since the age of 13, when I signed my first contract, I have always been warned: don’t talk about your contracts! The contracts are confidential. To contradict this rule and claim that Nike terminated my contract because I did not contribute in good faith to an investigation is absurd; it is a lie. In 2017, I went to the United States again for an advertising campaign with the same people. They didn’t tell me anything; nothing changed!” Neymar wrote.
“In 2017, 2018, 2019, we took trips, campaigns, countless recording sessions, and I wasn’t told anything. Such a serious matter, and they did nothing. Who are the real leaders? I was not given the opportunity to defend myself. I did not have the opportunity to find out who the offended person was. I don’t even know her. I never had a relationship. I didn’t even have the chance to speak, to know the real reasons for this pain. I am firmly and strongly convinced that time will provide the real answers.”
Neymar now finds himself with German sportswear company Puma after the partnership with Nike ended last summer.
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