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Ronaldo commercial partners Nike, EA Sports release statements regarding rape case reopening

Friday, 5 October 2018


Two of Cristiano Ronaldo’s major commercial partners Nike and EA Sports have spoken out regarding rape allegations made against him.

The Juventus forward, who is an ambassador for both brands, is accused of assaulting 34-year-old Kathryn Mayorga in a Las Vegas hotel suite in 2009.

She requested the case be looked into again and it has now been re-opened, prompting multiple statements of response.

Ronaldo had his say earlier in the week, as did Portugal and Juventus, however now Nike and EA Sports have reacted.

A Nike statement read: “We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation.”

CR7 is one of the brand’s star athletes and has been for multiple years.

Meanwhile, EA Sports told The Hollywood Reporter: “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.”

Der Spiegel wrote that Ms Mayorga filed a report with the Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident.

She reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,00 (£288,000) payment for agreeing to never go public with the allegations in 2010.

However, her lawyers are now looking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.

Las Vegas police confirmed they had investigated the complaint in June 2009 but added they had no suspect in the case.

A statement read: “At the time the report was taken, the victim did not provide detectives with the location of the incident or suspect description.

“As of September 2018, the case has been reopened and our detectives are following up on information being provided.”
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