Following Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood’s arrest on suspicion of rape, US sportswear giant Nike said on Monday that its sponsorship relationship with him had been ended.
After being questioned about the alleged rape and abuse of a young woman, Greenwood was freed on bail last week.
The 20-year-old was caught after photographs and videos were shared online, and he was later arrested on accusations of sexual assault and making threats to kill while in detention.
Greenwood has been barred from playing or training with United until further notice.
Nike published a statement last week expressing its “great concern” about the “disturbing allegations” and promising to “continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Greenwood will no longer be endorsed by the corporation, according to the company.
In a statement, Nike announced, “Mason Greenwood is no longer a Nike athlete.”
Greenwood’s name has been removed from a drop-down list of players’ names for replica shirts on United’s website, and his name has been removed from a drop-down list of players’ names for replica shirts.
A number of sponsors have distanced themselves from the player in response.
“A 20-year-old man arrested on Sunday, January 30, 2022 on suspicion of the rape and assault of a woman has been freed on bail awaiting further investigation,” Greater Manchester Police announced last week.
Greenwood, who came through the development levels at United and made his debut in 2019, has 129 appearances for the club, scoring 35 goals.
In February 2021, he signed a new contract that would keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2025.
In September 2020, Greenwood made his England debut against Iceland, but he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden were sent home due to a breach of the team’s coronavirus protocols.
He has yet to earn another Three Lions cap.