Nike Responds to Runner Mary Cain's Abuse Allegations | NBC New York
Nike will investigate accusations of abuse by Mary Cain 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."