Transcript for Nike drops Antonio Brown amid sexual misconduct allegations
Now to that new backlash for Antonio brown. Nike cutting ties with the wide receiver as he faces that sexual assault allegation and this as we hear from the patriots player for the first time since joining the team. Paula Faris is here with the latest. Good morning, Paula. Reporter: Good morning. Nike is not expounding on why they're dropping him, only that Antonio brown is not a Nike athlete. That's a direct quote. Meantime, brown spoke to reporters for the first time but did not address the allegations. Antonio brown speaking out on Thursday for the first time since being signed as a new England patriot. I'm grateful to be here to be a part of these guy, look forward to getting out there in the home stadium and being with the team. Reporter: His remarks coming on the same day that sports juggernaut Nike dropped him. Nike releasing a statement saying simply Antonio brown is not a Nike athlete. The star wide receiver didn't address the recent accusations leveled against him, accused over a week ago by his former fitness trainer of sexually assaulting her. These are allegations that he denies. With Nike taking the stance he is instantly toxic in this environment. Obviously it's a devastating blow to him. He is a big sneaker head so we're still waiting to find out where he's going to come out on Reporter: Last year brown appeared in videos visiting Nike headquarters and in this popular clip sneaker shopping with Antonio brown, sharing his love of Nike shoes, buying five pair for more than a thousand dollars. Antonio, what have you got in mind? A bit of a throwback. Reporter: Brown had previously appeared in ads for companies like Pepsi and pizza hut. Watch me. Reporter: Reportedly making $2.5 million from endorsement deals in 2017 alone. His contract has since expired with both companies. Nike is no stranger to dropping controversial athletes including Oscar Pistorius, Lance Armstrong and ray rice. The company not elaborating on their decision to stop working with brown. We're still waiting for other shoes to drop to the extent he has more endorsements, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to go away. Reporter: Overnight the lawyer for a second woman accusing him of sexual misconduct says she's been receiving threatening text messages from the NFL star encouraging people to investigate her background. And brown's camp also denies that political accuser's allegations. As for Nike we don't know how much it's worth but brown is previously describing it as huge and you notice he didn't say a lot in the locker room. That was the first time he addressed report is. That's because in true patriots fashion media was told you can only ask three questions. Happy Friday, by the way. I need a da, da, da, da.
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