Mammoth sports brand Nike says it is “deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations” facing Cristiano Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has been accused of rape by Kathryn Mayorga, who claims the Juventus forward assaulted her in Las Vegas in 2009, allegations he has strongly denied.
‘We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation,’ Nike said in an email to The Associated Press.
Nike has a $1.1 billion dollars contract with Ronaldo, in a relationship that’s has lasted over 15 years.
Ronaldo, who has been left out of the Portugal squad for games against Poland and Scotland, has been backed by Juventus, who posted tweets on Thursday supporting their £105m signing.
The tweets read: ‘Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus.’
.@Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus. 1/1— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2018
The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago do not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion. 2/2— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 4, 2018
‘The events allegedly dating back to almost 10 years ago does not change this opinion, which is shared by anyone who has come into contact with this great champion.’
Ronaldo has consistently denied the allegations on social media and on Wednesday he tweeted another denial on his Twitter: ‘I firmly deny the accusations being issued against me. Rape is an abominable crime that goes against everything that I am and believe in.’
‘Keen as I may be to clear my name, I refuse to feed the media spectacle created by people seeking to promote themselves at my expense.’
‘My clear conscious will thereby allow me to wait with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.
Over the weekend, the five-time World Footballer of the Year described the claims, originally published in German magazine Der Spiegel, as “fake news” in a video post on Instagram.
Leslie Mark Stovall, the attorney for the Mayorga has responded that the allegations are not fake news.
Ronaldo’s attorney Christian Schertz insists the allegation is ‘manifestly illegal’ and is ‘one of the most serious violations in personal rights in years.’