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Nike and Alberto Salazar settled a $20 million USD (€18,230,600, £15,798,700) lawsuit filed by former Nike, Inc., (Nike) athlete Mary Cain. She alleged that she suffered emotional and physical abuse from Salazar who was the coach of the now-defunct Nike Oregon Project (NOP). She claims that there was a lack of oversight by Nike.
🚨BREAKING NEWS— Track Spice 🌶️ (@trackspice) November 28, 2023
Nike and former coach Alberto Salazar have settled a $20 million lawsuit filed by distance runner Mary Cain that alleged emotional and physical abuse at the hands of the coach and a lack of oversight by Nike. The terms of this settlement have not been disclosed… pic.twitter.com/8GGt2ksUUX
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. However, the lawsuit is scheduled for an upcoming hearing.
Attorneys for Nike and Salazar declined to comment by email.
Cain left the NOP around the same time that American runner Kara Goucher and coach Steve Magness were alleging potential doping and abuse. Goucher also claims that Salazar tried to kiss her on a flight.
Cain filed the lawsuit in 2021. She alleges that he was controlling and abusive. Cain as well as other athletes and Magness accused Salazar of body shaming or weight shaming some of the female athletes. Salazar was accused of doping his sons for testing purposes and of administering amino acids by injection, a suspendable practice according to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Salazar worked with many athletes including Canadian Cameron Levins, who currently holds the fastest marathon time in North America at 2:05:36 and Mo Farah of Great Britain who won several World Championships and Olympic Gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m distances.