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|Charles Martin, 21, at the Billabong ASP World Junior Championships last January.|
According to the BBC, pro surfer Charles Martin has lost his sponsorship from Nike after being caught with a knife while in Scotland. Martin was in Thurso, Scotland, last April competing in the O'Neill Coldwater Classic.
In a statement to the BBC, a Nike spokesperson said, "Nike has ended its sponsorship of Charles Martin as a result of his recent conviction."
Martin was arrested on April 18 and was fined 500 pounds by Scotland's Wick Sheriff Court. News reports say Martin was carrying a cutlery knife.
According to Scottish criminal law, "It is against the law to have with you in a public place an offensive weapon. A knife could be an offensive weapon depending on what it is and the circumstances in which it is carried or possessed. It is also against the law, in certain situations, to have a bladed or sharply pointed article (such as a knife) with you in a public place." There is an exception for folding pocket knives where the blade is less than three inches. Martin was allegedly not aware of this law.
The BBC is reporting that Martin armed himself with the knife after he and his friends were attacked at a party.
Martin, who's from Guadaloupe, is currently ranked 122nd on the ASP World Tour.