Nike terminated its contract with Oscar Pistorius, a company spokesman confirmed Saturday, one day after Pistorius was convicted of culpable homicide in killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
Pistorius, the first double amputee to run in the Olympics in 2012, shot and killed Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, saying he thought she was an intruder locked behind a bathroom door.
“Nike extends its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families concerned following this tragic incident,” the company said in a Feb. 14, 2013 statement. “As it is a police matter, Nike will not comment further at this time.”
Prosecutors charged Pistorius with premeditated murder on Feb. 15, which he ultimately was found not guilty of. Nike suspended its contract with the runner six days after the shooting.
“We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely,” Nike said in a statement on Feb. 20, 2013.
Pistorius will return to court Oct. 13 for sentencing. He could face up to 15 years in prison for culpable homicide, plus punishment for firing a gun in a restaurant in January 2013.