Nike, Antonio Brown end their relationship

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He still has a job. But his revenue has taken another hit.

Nike has ended its relationship with Patriots receiver Antonio Brown.

Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete,” a company spokesman told the Boston Globe.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the wheels were in motion to terminate the relationship with Brown before last week’s civil lawsuit accusing Brown of sexual assault and rape. There were concerns about Brown fulfilling his duties under the agreement, specifically as it relates to personal appearances.

The lawsuit filed by Britney Taylor against Brown makes reference to Brown “having trouble balancing the responsibilities he had arising out of his many endorsement deals, including with Campbell’s Soup, Nike, Pepsi, Pizza Hut, AT&T/DirecTV, and Rite Aid, among others.” Taylor claims that Brown “showed up late to events he was required to attend for those sponsors or otherwise failed to hold up his contractual obligations,” and that Taylor helped ensure that he would honor those requirements under his endorsement deals.

Via the Globe, Brown’s deal with Pepsi ended earlier this year. His relationship with Pizza Hut and Campbell’s Soup expired earlier this year.

Last week, Xenith ended a relationship with Brown that had begun only a week earlier.

113 responses to “Nike, Antonio Brown end their relationship

  1. I wish Bill hadn’t signed him. I don’t think they need him and all that comes with. But I understand Bill knows he has to be able to compete with the Chiefs in order to get back to the top.

  2. thewizardsrevenge says:
    September 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    I wish Bill hadn’t signed him. I don’t think they need him and all that comes with. But I understand Bill knows he has to be able to compete with the Chiefs in order to get back to the top.
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    They are actually the reigning champions already. They are not trying to get back to the top. Just stay there.

  3. Article title makes it sound as if it were mutually agreed upon.

    LMAO.

    Not the first sponsor to FIRE Brown. For sure won’t be the last.

  4. And predictably, AB will continue to believe he’s the victim and misunderstood. And his posse and handlers will reinforce it all day, every day.

    Amazing when the consequences of your own actions finally show up.

  5. I love how the fanboys strongly defend him now, when they’ve been ripping him for years. The hypocrisy is staggering.

  6. So the guy is accused and quite possibly wronged from what we have seen and they cut him off but their hero is MR. Anti-American himself. Should have taken a knee Antonio… They would’ve backed you ’till the end.

  7. Beside all of the extra stuff going on with AB right now, he has been quiet since last Sunday, and I’m sure he doesn’t have time partake in any antics right now. It’s all about football right now, and AB is no longer the impetus for news about him.

  8. blkandgld4eva says:

    “The question is when will AB and Belichick end their relationship? My guess is their divorce will be final in the offseason when they have no more use for him.”

    Highly probable considering he signed a one year contract. Drama comes into play watching to see what he’ll do to self-destruct or wear out his welcome before the year is up.

  9. “Taylor helped ensure that he would honor those requirements under his endorsement deals.”

    Why would a personal trainer help with that stuff?

  10. I don’t know about everyone else; but when i’m trying to work out the morals of a situation i’m definitely looking to the lead of a company that makes billions from child labor.

    But, that’s just me.

  11. I think the Fanboys heads are spinning with the rapid change in their feelings about AB. One minute he is a scumbag the next he is a hero…..kids these days are really silly.

    AB the worst is yet to come…..

  12. I think Brown is going to wind up out of the league in as few as 10 days and as long as 5 years. More importantly, I think he’ll declare bankruptcy within two years after he’s left the league. Frankly, it’s sad, but he did it to himself. And I say “did” it to himself, because the train is already irretrievably off the rails.

  13. I’m a Steeler fan and this guy used to be one of my favorite players. Now, he’s a certified nutcase and has just about ruined football for me. I’m mad at him, but don’t want to see him locked up although he may end up deserving it. You can fix these things, AB, but it’s gonna take a monumental effort and a complete contrite change. I challenge you, man. How tough are you?

  14. ….as long as he shows up when required by The Greatest Franchise In NFL History……I for one could care less about endorsement deals.

  15. He soon will not have any sponsors, so finally we don’t have to hear about him anymore.
    New England may regret it soon. He behaves like he has a mental problem.

  16. Good news. Getting rid of Nike frees up AB84 to become the… er…. spokesman(?) for Beano. Just ask his doctor…

  17. This reminds me of another controversial athlete.
    I am pretty sure Zeke has about nothing in endorsements as the star player for the Cowboys.

    Turds can play despite their actions, but they also have to pay for their actions.

  18. So this gives Brown even more incentive to be a good citizen for the pats during his time with them so he retains his earning potential.

    Life is great if your a pats fan….not so much if you are a fan of another team

  19. 666undead says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:31 pm
    I’m a Steeler fan and this guy used to be one of my favorite players. Now, he’s a certified nutcase…
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    LOL @ “Now, he’s a certified nutcase.”

    He was a nutcase when he was on the Steelers. The Steelers management, coaching staff, fan base, and media helped to enable and create the nutcase. The Steelers enabling organization may, in fact, be entirely responsible for his behavior, although it is possible that he was nuts before he left his Miami High School for Central Michigan, or perhaps he did not start to become nuts until he was at Central Michigan, but there is no question that the enabling he received from all of the Steelers world helped him become the man he is (or is not).

    The hypocrisy of Steelers fanboys today, who bent over backwards to support Brown for years, is staggering.

  20. Matt dog from C-town says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm
    so now his great, great, great, grandkids , might not be that rich.

    ****

    Odds are if he buys a cat today, that cat will live long enough to see him broke. Nothing in his behavior or history suggests he’s setting himself up for financial security.

  21. I don’t care how talented or smart you may be, you still need to interact with people in this world. You can be a jerk occasionally, but full-time jerks eventually feel the impact from their poor behavior.

  22. Look at the Patriots fanboys comments about Antonio brown when he was in Oakland and Pittsburgh. Patriots bandwagon fanboys are the biggest Hypocrites. Shameless and classless.

  23. Yet Nike stuck with Kobe who was actually arrested and paid off victim and Ronaldo who also paid off victim. Double standard here?

  24. So the guy is accused and quite possibly wronged from what we have seen and they cut him off but their hero is MR. Anti-American himself. Should have taken a knee Antonio… They would’ve backed you ’till the end.

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    It’s crazy how there are people.. Outside of the black race… that so freely TRUMPet this agenda and act like Kaep killed their dogs, because the media decided to advance a narrative that AMERICA was being protested. People like you are why I left 15 years ago. I love the sports, but don’t care for this type of behavior. Hope you find something that makes you happy, because constantly crapping on a guy that has brought a disenfranchised segment of society to the fore, just seems… Well… Un-American 🤷🏿‍♂️

  25. Fired by the brand that uses child labor which has been documented in third world countries to make their products.

  26. @Dillon Pauls says:
    September 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm
    But their lead man is Kaepernick of all people lol
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    LOL how you can’t leave Kap out of any conversation. Kap was not alleged to commit a single crime, didn’t break any laws either.

  27. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    I love how the fanboys strongly defend him now, when they’ve been ripping him for years. The hypocrisy is staggering.
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    Kind of like your hypocrisy now that he is on the Pats you are all over him, the fanbase and the Pats for signing him? I love how people like you would not give even a ounce of effort to another team unlike you do the Pats. Winning breads jealousy and you are proof.

  28. You guys are really equating an alleged rapist to a guy that sat down for a song to bring awareness to police shooting unarmed black men?

    Some of yall just LOVE authority.

  29. akira1971 says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:33 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    FAKE NEWS.

    Read the statement again. “Antonio Brown is not a Nike athlete.” Then go read EVERY other Nike athlete who had their sponsorship deal pulled for sexual assault, spousal abuse or any other moral reasons. (Ray Rice, Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, Manny Pacquiao, Michael Vick, etc.)

    They ALL specificially say Nike “has TERMINATED the relationship” with so-and-so. NOT HERE. All they said was he’s not one of their athletes.

    Again, this is just the media twisting FACTS to manipulate a story out of nothing.
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    Forgot to add:

    Think of the POSITIVE social media feedback Nike would get if they just announced they were terminating the Antonio Brown sponsorship. BUT THEY DON’T. Which clearly means they don’t have an existing contract.

  30. dcpatfan says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:38 pm
    ….as long as he shows up when required by The Greatest Franchise In NFL History……I for one could care less about endorsement deals.

    10 26 Rate This

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    Ditto.

    It’s clear he is being extorted, but it’s also clear he did it to himself. That’s his problem.

    Shut your mouth, work hard, be a good teammate and you’ll be just fine in NE. Go off the rails even a millimeter, and I want him gone regardless of his salary.

  31. Wow all the smart companies dropped him, even the raiders got it right. Cant say the same for new england or the NFL.

  32. Sign Hulk? says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:01 pm
    thewizardsrevenge says:
    September 19, 2019 at 12:56 pm
    I wish Bill hadn’t signed him. I don’t think they need him and all that comes with. But I understand Bill knows he has to be able to compete with the Chiefs in order to get back to the top.
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    They are actually the reigning champions already. They are not trying to get back to the top. Just stay there.
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    Yes they are the reigning champs but thewizard was right to acknowledge they will need Brown to stay there.

  33. “So the guy is accused and quite possibly wronged”
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    Possibly. But it’s MULTIPLE accusers and it’s the same guy who was throwing furniture off of his penthouse balcony over the offseason. This isn’t some boy scout where it’s just unthinkable he might have done somebody wrong.

  34. If the NFL determines any or a lot of the allegations of criminal behavior is found to be true or likely, Brown is going to miss significant playing time. The pats would lose a very talented player, but one they don’t really need in order to compete with a SB. They would also lose some money, but not very much in the scheme of things.

    However, If I was a steelers fan I would get down on my knees and pray that doesn’t happen. Brown was a player for the steelers for 8 years and still had significant time on his contract when everything he is being accused of happened. Every single thing.

    The media is going to start digging into how much the steelers knew about about his behavior that, if the allegations are true, occurred during much of the period he was under contract with the steelers. In fact, the point is going to be raised how could they not have known. There are also going to be questions how behavior like this, if it happened, could have been kept quite for so long and if the steelers organization had anything to do with keeping it quite.

    If there is even a hint the steelers organization enabled this kind of behavior if it were found that it likely happened, the sanctions the NFL would be pressured into taking against the steelers would be of epic proportions.

    My guess is the nfl isn’t going to do anything about Brown in order to protect the steelers and is just hoping he is going to self destruct and take himself out; but also don’t think that is going to happen, at least this year.

  35. Matt dog from C-town says:

    September 19, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    so now his great, great, great, grandkids , might not be that rich

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    AB will be bankrupt 5 years after his nfl career ends

  36. To pat fans, saying that steeler fans are hypocrytes because they are all over AB now is not even close to your hypocritic. When AB was with the steelers you used to hate him because he was good and at the time there was no reason for steeler fans or any fan to hate him. Fastforward to this year, he put out his true colors and a bonafied nutcase with plenty of reasn for ANY fan base to hate him, including pat fans.. yet now you all are defending his insanity all while he has played 1 game for the pats.

  37. “The media is going to start digging into how much the steelers knew about about his behavior that, if the allegations are true, occurred during much of the period he was under contract with the steelers”

    You people are the masters of hypocrisy and double standards.

  38. RedBlooded says:
    September 19, 2019 at 2:29 pm
    To pat fans, saying that steeler fans are hypocrytes because they are all over AB now is not even close to your hypocritic. When AB was with the steelers you used to hate him because he was good and at the time there was no reason for steeler fans or any fan to hate him. Fastforward to this year, he put out his true colors and a bonafied nutcase with plenty of reasn for ANY fan base to hate him, including pat fans.. yet now you all are defending his insanity all while he has played 1 game for the pats.

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    True story:

    Up until his locker room facetime crap in Denver in that postseason game, I honestly thought he was the best WR in football and a very quiet superstar.

    So, that is not true. I knew NE would double him with their 2nd best CB with help over the top all game long and was scared of his skills.

    The dude was enabled by an immature coach named Mile Tomlin. They did the same thing with BEll.

    Their immature.

    And,, yes, if he pulls that crap in the Pats locker room? I want him gone.

    Period.

    NE is not Pittsburgh. This is the part you;re missing in your analysis.

  39. Nike released a statement saying that despite the timing and the circumstances currently surrounding Brown, that their decision to part ways is unrelated, but rather due to that idiotic blonde mustache he was sporting. They said it’s bad for their look and can’t risk someone looking like that wearing their gear.

  40. All he has to do is cry racism and Nike will sign him back immediately at double what he made before. Must be nice to have privilege like that

  41. Brown is definitely scum after pulling that crap in Oakland but the other stuff deserves due process. The positive with the Patriots he’s keeping his BIG MOUTH shut that’s good enough. The truth will speak in due time.

  42. Nike kept Tiger’s under worse conditions against women.

    I haven’t bought nike in decades, same for my kids and now they are limiting themselves to women’s lifestyle shoes.

  43. At least when he tags the Pats in an IG post like he did earlier today they are quick to make him delete it! Wonder why they didn’t like it?

  44. My guess is the nfl isn’t going to do anything about Brown in order to protect the steelers and is just hoping he is going to self destruct and take himself out; but also don’t think that is going to happen, at least this year.

    Stil has a long way to go to match Gordons, Chungs, Krafts, andKrafts favorable treatment so don’t stumble getting off the moral high ground. Also the protection given to Brady by the refs is not driven by the Little Sister of Mercy.. you fanboys really are such nashamed hypocrites.

  45. Bob. Just Bob. says:
    September 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Wow, that’s bad.
    You gotta be an exceptional scum bag for Nike to sever ties with you.
    Right Kap
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    Or an exceptional scumbag for continually harping on man for being an American and standing up for what he believes.

  46. “..so now his great, great, great, grandkids , might not be that rich…”

    LOL.|
    I can pretty much guarantee that this clown will be stone broke and/or in jail within 5 years out of football.

  47. “The Steelers enabling organization may, in fact, be entirely responsible for his behavior”

    I love it. Now two team later and the Steelers are entirely repsonsible for AB.
    C’mon, he’s a grown man. He makes is own decision. They made zero decisions for him and in fact, were successful for years in keep this egomaniac in check.
    #GOEFFYOSELF

  48. When Brown the Clown took a hot air balloon to training camp, and was filmed saying “Sting like AB”, well, that’s about all you need to know. This guy is completely full of himself and probably truly believes these companies will suffer for letting him go (by the way the look on the guy’s face in the balloon when Brown had to verbally explain “sting like AB” was priceless).

  49. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    September 19, 2019 at 2:25 pm
    “Winning breads jealousy and you are proof.”

    Bah ha ha ha!!! Good one!!
    ______________________

    Why are you always posting on Pats articles crying? Why don’t you answer that truthfully. If the Pats have been a mediocre team the last 20 years you would not have made any posts. You know I am right. I know I will never be able to have you see the light of your condition. This is why when you post all the time the Pats fans smile and laugh because we know you think about the Pats more than the team you root for.

  50. To all the posters saying he’ll be broke after his career. I don’t think he will as it’s obvious he keeps all his money, even IF he says he’ll give you some.

  51. PREDICTION: Brown now will freak out and refuse to wear any and all Nike clothing, and since they officially make all the NFL uniforms, he’ll threaten to retire, miss practices, consult with social media hacks and wind up with a deal with Reebok.

    Oh, and the Pats will dump him…

  52. Funny how the people in the SI article saying he owes them money…..were also saying they had “verbal” agreements with him. Lol at “verbal agreements”. Just as big of idiots as Brown, but Brown gets the last laugh at the “verbal” agreements.

  53. All-American Voltron says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:04 pm
    Based on the timing we have to assume it was the farting in the doctors face which did him in… Take note Nike athletes!
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    Wasnt Peyton Manning accused of something similar?

  54. “I challenge you, man. How tough are you?”

    I’ll say the same thing as a Pats fan that I did when he was with the Steelers and Raiders.

    The problem is he’s a child trapped in a man’s body. He’s been enabled much of his life and never required to have the kind of self control most adults have. The Pats will be a real test for him over time. He may well fail that test, but he has to know if he blows it in New England his future in the league will not be great.

  55. ampats says:
    September 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Fired by the brand that uses child labor which has been documented in third world countries to make their products.
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    Look at ampats continue to carry water for the accused sexual assaulter now that he plays for the Patriots. What a far cry from the days he ranted about Ben when he was merely accused. Claiming of course his outrage had nothing to do with the fact Ben played for the hated Steelers. And so the name “ampatsisahypocrite” was born. PFT’s most necessary and appropriate handle — as it continues to be.

  56. williamshatnerstoupee says:
    September 19, 2019 at 1:06 pm
    I love how the fanboys strongly defend him now, when they’ve been ripping him for years. The hypocrisy is staggering.

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    Do you even read the comments (or the article) before you comment on what others are saying? Because I just read down nothing but a bunch of annoyed Pats fans saying how sick of AB they are and then you saying how they are all defending him. There is no hypocrisy going on, if you are staggering then its for some other reason.

  57. nyneal says:
    September 19, 2019 at 4:16 pm
    Now if Nike would get rid of Colin Kaepernick, maybe I’d start buying their products again!!

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    Kaepernicks games have certainly been offensive. But AB has him beat by many miles in that area. (By almost as much as their difference in football ability)

  58. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    September 19, 2019 at 4:11 pm
    ampats says:
    September 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm
    Fired by the brand that uses child labor which has been documented in third world countries to make their products.
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    Look at ampats continue to carry water for the accused sexual assaulter now that he plays for the Patriots. What a far cry from the days he ranted about Ben when he was merely accused. Claiming of course his outrage had nothing to do with the fact Ben played for the hated Steelers. And so the name “ampatsisahypocrite” was born. PFT’s most necessary and appropriate handle — as it continues to be.

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    Huh? Necessary? Did I just read someone thinking what they do here is necessary? Dude, we come here to be entertained. None of us are neccesary.

  59. This is fantastic news. Nike is being run by ultra left crazies these days. They make Brown look sane in comparison.

  60. @kenmasters34

    Yes, Peyton Manning had an issue related to assaulting a woman. He had to settle out of court, twice, to keep it as under wraps as possible.

    Brown may end up wishing he had settled, time will tell.

  61. The NFL is actually in a horrible position. If there is not Super evidence of the terrible rape and assaults then it may look like NFL punishment for his embarrassing antics. A suit against the NFL is highly plausible.

  62. “Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it”. Without checks and balances these “incidents” are only going to get worse and happen more often. Better to have too much discipline than not enough. NFL needs new leadership.

  63. As a Pats fan, I don’t know why he was signed here. We certainly don’t need him. The Pats have been to 4 of the last 5 SB’s without his help, and this receiver group is stronger now than it’s ever been aside from the Moss years.

    Gordon is fantastic, Edelman is a SB MVP caliber player, Dorsett is pretty awesome/consistent/dependable, N’Keal Harry looks like a winner, Jakobi Meyers looks good too. It’s SO much better than last years

    While AB is indisputably a great talent, he isn’t worth it. Even WITHOUT this latest mess, he is so not the type of character BB (or most coaches) want on their team. He’s a walking disaster and a diva who doesn’t think rules apply to him in football or life

    I wish the Pats would drop him.

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