Beats By Dre Drops Deshaun Watson Hours After Nike Suspends His Endorsement Deal
The writing appears to be on the wall with Deshaun Watson.
Nike has suspended its endorsement deal with Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson amid the myriad of sexual assault and sexual misconduct allegations made against him, the company said in a statement to CNBC on Wednesday.
“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation,” Nike said in a statement.
Just hours later, Beats by Dre followed suit by ending its relationship with the Texans’ quarterback.
This suspension from Nike and the dropping of Watson from Beats by Dre comes off the heels of a press conference held on Tuesday where Ashley Solis spoke publicly about his behavior during their session.
“I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and depression,” Solis said Tuesday. “I hope he knows how much pain he’s inflicted on me emotionally and physically. … My father, who was once a diehard Texans fan, can no longer mention [Watson’s] name without his face turning red.”
Lauren Baxley was also identified as a plaintiff, although she was not present, a letter was read by Cornelia Brandfield-Harvey, a lawyer who works for Buzbee’s firm.
“I initially came forward to offer solidarity to other women, but I have since realized that I’m deserving of justice as well,” Baxley wrote. “I hope the court of law brings that justice, and that you’re stripped of both your power and ability to hurt more women.”