Today's New York Post
reports that Nike
executive Brandyn Cooper
is facing sex-abuse charges stemming from a woman's allegations this week in New York City's Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
The paper reports that related charges initially made against a second man allegedly in the hotel room, European basketball player Michael Haynes, have been dropped
The paper reports that Cooper, a 27-year-old NBA marketing exec for Nike, is accused of non-consensual oral sexual assault of a woman. He is scheduled to return to court in November to face the charge, the lowest felony level in New York.
"It's unclear how the woman, who has addresses in Manhattan and Croatia, got into her alleged attacker's room," the original article
says, "but sources said she knew one of the men."
Nike headquarters in Washington County has not yet returned a phone call for comment.
Nike spokeswoman Megan Saalfeld replied by Friday afternoon. Her message said in part:
"We are deeply disturbed by the nature of the allegations in the New York Post. Nike does not condone sexual abuse or coercion in any way. We take these matters very seriously and are monitoring the situation closely. Our understanding is that a Nike employee was taken into custody on Thursday. The employee is not a Nike executive or head of NBA marketing as reported."