Nike suspends Deshaun Watson endorsement amid lawsuits, report says

So far 22 lawsuits have been filed against Watson.


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Nike has suspended its endorsement of Deshaun Watson amid lawsuits, CNBC reported Wednesday.


Watson, a quarterback for the Houston Texans, is facing 22 lawsuits alleging sexual assault and harassment.

The women, in lawsuits filed in state court in Houston, accuse Watson of exposing himself, touching them with his penis or kissing them against their will while he got a massage. At least one woman has alleged Watson forced her to perform oral sex during a massage in December. All of the women who have sued Watson are either licensed massage therapists or worked in a spa or similar business.

Nike issued the following statement to CNBC: "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and have suspended Deshaun Watson. We will continue to closely monitor the situation."

On Tuesday, the first woman to file a lawsuit against Watson came forward. Watch her speak at a press conference in the video above.

The Houston Police Department is also investigating a criminal complaint against Watson.

Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has called the allegations "meritless" and has questioned the claims made against the NFL player, alleging they were made following a failed attempt to blackmail his client for $30,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.