Warning: This article contains references to abuse and domestic violence
Nike has severed connections with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood in the aftermath of his arrest and subsequent release on bail on charges of assault, rape, and threatening to murder.
The sportswear behemoth first stopped their partnership with the 20-year-old and committed to ‘closely monitor the issue,’ but have since terminated it entirely.
“Mason Greenwood is no longer a Nike athlete,” a Nike spokesperson told The Athletic.
Greenwood has already been pulled from video games such as FIFA 22 and, while his club has not yet formally suspended him, he will refrain from training and participating in games until further notice.
Greenwood-branded clothes have been pulled off sale on Man United’s online shop and Megastore, and supporters who have purchased jerseys carrying his name have been offered the opportunity to swap them for another player.
Greenwood, who was detained after girlfriend Harriet Robson shared gruesome photographs and a distressing audiotape of many injuries on social media, has not replied to the charges.
He was first detained on Sunday 30 January by Greater Manchester Police on suspicion of rape and assault. GMP were eventually allowed further time to interrogate the player, retaining him in prison, and arresting him last Tuesday on accusations of sexual assault and making threats to kill.
Greenwood was freed on bail a day later, on Wednesday, following interrogation.
United has twice released brief comments emphasizing that the club ‘does not condone any kind of violence’ and afterwards reiterated the club’s ‘strong rejection of all forms of violence’.