Juventus backs Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike and EA express deep concerns about rape allegations

In an extraordinary statement, Italian club Juventus tweeted on Thursday that rape allegations against star Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined the Serie A champs in the summer, did not change its opinion about him.

But the seriousness of the allegations made by former model Kathryn Mayorga that the Portuguese star raped her in a Las Vegas hotel in June 2009 was evident as Nike, with whom Ronaldo has a lifetime endorsement contract, and Eletronic Arts issued statements that they are closely monitoring the situation.

Nike issued a statement to AFP that "We are deeply concerned by the disturbing allegations and will continue to closely monitor the situation."

EA, through a representative, told gaming web site Polygon: "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."

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday confirmed it had reopened an investigation into a 2009 report of a rape of a woman who says her attacker, unnamed at the time, was Ronaldo.

Mayorga filed a lawsuit against Ronaldo last week to void a nondisclosure agreement for which she was paid $375,000 by Ronaldo to settle her claims. Ronaldo's lawyers said Mayorga's move was illegal.

Ronaldo, who has not been called up for Portugal's two matches in October, denied the accusations and said his conscience is clear.

6 comments about "Juventus backs Cristiano Ronaldo, Nike and EA express deep concerns about rape allegations".
  1. Goal Goal, October 5, 2018 at 9:52 a.m.

    Nike wasn’t too concerned about using Colin kersputnic as thei flower child.

  2. Richard Leonard, October 5, 2018 at 10:56 a.m.

    ONCE AGAIN, innocent UNTIlL proven guilty doesn''t apply.

  3. Chad Moon, October 5, 2018 at 12:34 p.m.

    Hasn't he already proven himself guilty? You don't give someone $375k because you didn't do anything to them.

    And as for Kaepernick, he hasn't been accused of raping anyone. He kneels in protest of black people being killed by police officers disproportionately to others. How dare him.

  4. Neil Farnsworth replied, October 5, 2018 at 3:40 p.m.

    For Renaldo $375K is like $3.75 to most people. Would you pay $3.75 to someone who was harrassing you? Regardless of whether you were guilty or not? Most people in his position would not want to deal with the press reprecussions as you are seeing here. 

    And Kaepernick wore socks during his protest that said "kill the pigs" and YES how dare he.

  5. Goal Goal, October 5, 2018 at 4:01 p.m.

    Whats your point Chad??  Nike is guilty of making dumb decisions.  This just proves it.  If Kersputnic played soccer he would be a NO GOAL.

    All the NEWS people have to do is here something and without any concrete evidence they defame people and their argument when sued for liable is that they had no intention of defaming just wanted to get the news out.  Whether its Rinaldo or BOZO the clown I aint interested in their personal lives.

  6. Nick Barbaro replied, October 7, 2018 at 12:48 a.m.

    Kaepernick did NOT EVER wear socks that said kill the pigs.

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