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AP: Nike launching investigation on accusation of emotional and physical abuse involving coach Alberto Salazar and runner Mary Cain


Community Resettler
Oct 25, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland, USA
The AP is reporting that Nike is launching an investigation on coach Alberto Salazar after runner Mary Cain accused Salazar of emotional and physical abuse:

November 8, 2019

Nike will look into runner Mary Cain’s allegations of abuse while she was part of Alberto Salazar’s training group. The runner says it reached the point where she started having suicidal thoughts and cutting herself.

Cain joined the disbanded Nike Oregon Project run by Salazar in 2013, soon after competing in the 1,500-meter final at track and field’s world championships when she was 17.

Now 23, Cain told The New York Times in a video essay that she joined Nike because she “wanted to be the best female athlete ever.”

“Instead, I was emotionally and physically abused by a system designed by Alberto and endorsed by Nike,” she said.

Nike said in a statement these are “deeply troubling allegations which have not been raised by Mary or her parents before. Mary was seeking to rejoin the Oregon Project and Alberto’s team as recently as April of this year and had not raised these concerns as part of that process.”

The sportswear giant added it will “take the allegations extremely seriously and will launch an immediate investigation to hear from former Oregon Project athletes.”