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Nike says it ended deal with Neymar amid sexual assault allegations

나이키, 네이마르의 여직원 성폭행 혐의로 후원계약 종료

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Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on as he warms up before the football match against Stade de Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in this file photo taken May 16. Nike said May 27 that it parted ways with Neymar last year after the superstar 'refused to cooperate in good faith' as the company investigated an employee's claim that he sexually assaulted her. AFP-Yonhap
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian forward Neymar looks on as he warms up before the football match against Stade de Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in this file photo taken May 16. Nike said May 27 that it parted ways with Neymar last year after the superstar 'refused to cooperate in good faith' as the company investigated an employee's claim that he sexually assaulted her. AFP-Yonhap


Nike has confirmed it ended its sponsorship agreement with Neymar after he refused to collaborate in an investigation into an accusation that he sexually assaulted a female employee from the company years ago.

나이키는 네이마르가 수년 전 자사 여직원을 성폭행했다는 의혹에 대한 조사에 불응하자 스폰서 계약을 종료했다고 밝혔다.


The soccer superstar has denied the accusation and criticized the company on Instagram while training with Brazil outside Rio de Janeiro.

이 축구 스타는 리우데자네이루 인근에서 브라질 대표팀과 함께 훈련하는 동안 인스타그램을 통해 이 나이키를 비난하고 있다.


Neymar called Nike's claims ''an absurd lie.''

네이마르는 나이키의 주장을 '어처구니없는 거짓말'이라고 말했다.


Nike didn't give a reason last August when it parted ways with the Paris Saint-Germain forward. But the company said in a statement Thursday that it terminated the contract because Neymar refused to participate ''in a good faith investigation of credible allegations of wrongdoing by an employee."

나이키는 지난 8월 파리 생제르망 포워드와의 결별의 이유를 밝히지 않았다. 그러나 회사측은 목요일 성명을 통해 직원이 믿을 만한 혐의를 제기해 시작된 선의의 조사에 네이마르가 협력하지 않아 관계를 종료했다고 밝혔다.


Nike said it could not speak in detail about the case when their deal ended because the investigation was not conclusive.

나이키는 조사가 끝나지 않았기 때문에 그들의 후원계약이 종료되었을 때 이 사건에 대해 자세히 말할 수 없었다고 말했다.


''No single set of facts emerged that would enable us to speak substantively on the matter," Nike said. ''It would be inappropriate for Nike to make an accusatory statement without being able to provide supporting facts."

나이키는 "이 문제에 대해 실질적으로 발언할 수 있는 단 하나의 사실도 밝혀지지 않았다"고 말하며 "나이키가 뒷받침할 만한 사실을 제시하지 못한 채 비난 성명을 내는 것은 부적절할 것"이라고 덧붙였다.


The Wall Street Journal first reported the story Thursday.

월스트리트저널이 목요일 이를 처음으로 보도했다.


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Hong Ji-min jiminhong@koreatimes.co.kr


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