Ma­jor US spon­sor drops Ben Stokes

The Herald (South Africa) - - SPORT -

ENG­LAND crick­eter Ben Stokes has lost his spon­sor­ship con­tract with Amer­i­can sports­wear giant New Bal­ance fol­low­ing his ar­rest out­side a night­club which also left his Ashes se­ries in doubt.

Stokes, who was ar­rested on sus­pi­cion of caus­ing ac­tual bod­ily harm, also is­sued an apol­ogy af­ter video emerged of him mim­ick­ing the dis­abled son of Bri­tish celebrity Katie Price.

Stokes is also be­lieved to be the sub­ject of a damn­ing video show­ing a man throw­ing mul­ti­ple punches out­side the Bris­tol nightspot.

“New Bal­ance does not con­done be­hav­iour by our global ath­letes that does not match our brand cul­ture and val­ues, and there­fore we have ended our re­la­tion­ship with Ben Stokes, ef­fec­tive Oc­to­ber 11 2017,” the US com­pany said. – AFP

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