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Nike has suspended its approval 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 Wednesday Currently, there are 22 separate civil lawsuits against Watson as well as several criminal complaints. Houston attorney Tony Buzbee has filed lawsuits on behalf of the women who allege that Watson committed at least one act of sexual assault or abuse. sexual misconduct Each of the cases accuses Watson of inappropriate behavior after hiring the women to give him a private massage One of the lawsuits even calls Watson a “serial predator”

“We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson We will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Nike said in a statement

This suspension of Watson by Nike follows a press conference held on Tuesday where Ashley Solis, one of the women who accuses Watson of sexual misconduct, spoke publicly Solis demanded that Watson be held accountable for his actions which allegedly occurred in March 2020, which caused his emotional distress

“I suffer from panic attacks, anxiety and depression,” Solis said on Tuesday “I hope he knows how much pain he inflicted on me emotionally and physically My father who was once a fan fan of Texans, can no longer mention [Watson] ‘s name without his face turning red “

In a statement provided to CBSSportscom following the March 23 allegations, Watson’s attorney Rusty Hardin wrote that “any allegation that Deshaun forced a woman to commit a sexual act is completely false.” The Houston Police Department announced on April 2 that it had opened a criminal investigation into Watson following a complaint, Hardin noted that they “welcome this long overdue development” and will cooperate fully with the police

The NFL has also launched its own investigation into Watson under the Personal Conduct Policy In a statement on Tuesday, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy called the allegations against Watson “deeply disturbing”

Although Nike is the first brand to start parting ways with Watson, it will be curious to see if other companies follow suit. Watson’s other national brand partnerships include Rolex and Beats by Dre as well as a handful of local partnerships

To learn more about the latest details on the allegations against Watson, click here (Warning: some details are quite graphic)

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