Adidas has ended its relationship with San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. after he tested positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
In a statement sent Friday in response to a request from ESPN, an Adidas spokesman wrote: “We believe sport should be fair. We have a clear doping policy and we can confirm that our partnership with Fernando Tatis Jr. will not continue. “
23-year-old Tatis joined Adidas in early 2020 after his dynamic rookie season and then received his own signature shoe, the Ultra Boost DNA. Tatis’ contract terms with Adidas are unknown, but his image seems to have been deleted from the company’s website.
Tatis was suspended by Major League Baseball for 80 games on Aug. 12 after the anabolic steroid clostebol was found in his system. Tatis, who was nearing his return from a wrist injury that had kept him out all season, attributed the positive test to a skin medication he was given in his native Dominican Republic, but was outspoken in his comments to media on Tuesday remorseful.
“I let so many people down,” Tatis said in his initial comments. “I’ve lost so much love from people. I’ve failed. I’ve failed them all. I’ve failed San Diego Padres front office Peter Seidler, AJ Preller. I’ve failed every fan in this city. I failed my country I failed my family and my parents I am truly sorry for my mistakes I have seen my dreams turn into my worst nightmares.
Tatis, the first player in baseball history to amass 80 home ballots and 50 stolen bases in his first 300 career games, signed a historic 14-year, $340 million extension with the Padres in February 2021. Prior to his suspension, Tatis was clearly in office a path to becoming the proverbial face of baseball, landing another high-profile contract with Gatorade, becoming the title athlete on the video game “MLB The Show 21,” and starring in ads for big brands like BMW, Dairy Queen and Jack In to appear on The Box and Playstation.
https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/34465961/adidas-terminates-partnership-san-diego-padres-fernando-tatis-jr-ped-suspension Adidas ends partnership with San Diego Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. after PED suspension