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New Balance terminates contract with Ben Stokes

The 26-year-old has been suspended by England since he was arrested in the early hours of September 25 in Bristol.

CRICKET 12/10/17 10:26
New Balance terminates contract with Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has had his contract with New Balance terminated, the sports equipment manufacturer announced on Wednesday.

Stokes earlier on Wednesday apologised to Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey after a video emerged of the England all-rounder impersonating the pair.

The video came to light shortly after Stokes was placed under investigation by police after being arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub last month.

New Balance said in a statement: “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.

“We will not provide further comment.”

It was announced last week that Stokes would not travel to Australia with the rest of the England squad for this winter’s Ashes series as he waits to learn whether he will face criminal charges over the Bristol incident.

The 26-year-old, England’s vice-captain, has not been ruled out of the five-Test series which starts on November 23, but the England and Wales Cricket Board will not consider him for selection until further notice as it awaits developments in the ongoing investigation by Avon & Somerset Police.

Stokes, who is also subject to internal disciplinary action, has had his central contract renewed by the ECB since his arrest.

Stokes issued his apology to Price and her 15-year-old son Harvey on Wednesday, prior to New Balance’s decision being made public.

The Express newspaper’s website published footage last month allegedly showing Stokes doing an impression of first Katie and then Harvey.