Chris Brown Chewed Up and Spit Out by Wrigley
Chris Brown won’t be doubling his pleasure, doubling his fun, or doubling his bank account with Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum anymore.
The gum company Wrigley has suspended the 19-year-old’s endorsement deal with them, following allegations that he assaulted singer/girlfriend Rihanna over the weekend, OK! Magazine reports.
“Wrigley is concerned by the serious allegations made against Chris Brown,” a statement from the company reads. “We believe Mr. Brown should be afforded the same due process as any citizen. However, we have made the decision to suspend the current advertising featuring Brown and any related marketing communications until the matter is resolved.”
Brown entered into the agreement with Wrigley last year. In August, an ad featuring Brown dancing to his hit single “Forever” while chomping gum debuted.
That’s not the only bad news for Brown, who turned himself in to police yesterday. E! Online reports that the R&B star won’t be introducing the players at this weekend’s NBA All-Star Game in Phoenix this weekend either.
Brown was slated to make the introductions with Phoenix Suns baller Shaquille O’Neal on Sunday, and also to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game. But an NBA spokesperson stated today, “Chris Brown has withdrawn from NBA All-Star events.”
In light of Brown’s recent legal troubles, his recent appearance on The Tyra Banks Show is particularly ironic. On the episode, Brown revealed to Banks that his mother had suffered domestic abuse, and the experience had made a strong impression on him.
“I had somebody that hurt my mom, and me having to deal with that from the age of 7 to, like, 13. Me seeing that was [like] visual abuse,” Brown revealed. “I never want to go through the same thing, or put a woman through the same thing that my mom went through.”
Tell us what you think in the comments section: Should Wrigley’s and the NBA distance themselves from Brown, or are they rushing to judgment?