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Rob Harris of the Associated Press reported Nike called the allegations “disturbing,” but Juventus released a statement on Twitter backing his “great professionalism and dedication” and pointing out these developments “do not change this opinion.”
.@Cristiano Ronaldo has shown in recent months his great professionalism and dedication, which is appreciated by everyone at Juventus. 1/1
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
This comes after Barry Hatton of the Associated Press reported Ronaldo was left off Portugal’s national soccer team for upcoming matches after Kathryn Mayorga’s 2009 rape allegations resurfaced.
Nike isn’t the only sponsor to respond to the rape allegations, as Harris noted EA Sports said, “We have seen the concerning report that details allegations against Cristiano Ronaldo. We are closely monitoring the situation, as we expect cover athletes and ambassadors to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with EA’s values.”
According to Jimmy Golen of the AP, the Las Vegas Police confirmed they reopened the sexual assault case from 2009 that Mayorga brought against Ronaldo on the same day of the alleged attack.
Emanuella Grinberg, Shawn Nottingham and Eliott C. McLaughlin of CNN reported on the case, noting the lawsuit says Ronaldo apologized and said he “was usually a gentleman” after the alleged rape. Mayorga says she received $375,000 for her silence.
However, Ken Ritter of the AP wrote Mayorga’s lawyers said she was “diagnosed with post-traumatic stress and depression, conditions they argue would have made her legally incompetent to reach a non-disclosure agreement.”
Ronaldo denied the allegations and called rape “an abominable crime” in a Twitter response.
Harris noted Ronaldo has been under contract with Nike since 2003.