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Fernando Tatis Jr.’s Partnership With Adidas Ended After Failed PED Test

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Adidas is finished its partnership with NORTH PARK Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. following his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance, per ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez.

“We think that sport ought to be fair. We’ve an obvious policy on doping and may concur that our partnership with Fernando Tatis Jr. won’t continue,” an Adidas spokesperson said in a statement.

Along with Adidas, Tatis had landed a cope with Gatorade, was the cover athlete for MLB The Show 21, and had appeared in commercials for BMW, Dairy Queen, Jack In The Box and PlayStation.

It’s unclear if Gatorade has intentions to get rid of its partnership with Tatis. It is also unclear if he’ll be appearing in commercials for just about any brand anytime soon.

Tatis tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug Clostebol and was handed an 80-game suspension the other day. Consequently, he will skip the remainder of the 2022 campaign, like the playoffs, and the start of the 2023 season while serving the suspension.

The two-time Silver Slugger said in a statement (h/t ESPN’s Jeff Passan) he took the drug unknowingly:

“As it happens that I inadvertently took a medication to take care of ringworm that contained Clostebol. I will purchased the resources open to me to be able to make sure that no banned substances were in what I took. I didn’t achieve this.

“I wish to apologize to Peter [Seidler], AJ [Preller], the complete Padres organization, my teammates, Major League Baseball and fans everywhere for my mistake. I’ve no excuse for my error, and I’d never do anything to cheat or disrespect this game I really like.”

The Padres signed Tatis to a 14-year, $340 million contract in February 2021 and so are “highly unlikely” to contest the offer, per Jon Heyman of the NY Post. The franchise still has faith in him and “the strong belief in Tatis as a new player apparently was the largest factor” never to contest his contract, in accordance with Heyman.

Tatis hadn’t appeared within a game for the Padres this year before being suspended, though he was recently on a rehab assignment with among San Diego’s minor league affiliates after dealing with wrist surgery carrying out a reported motorcycle accident.

With Tatis sidelined, NORTH PARK has relied on Ha-Seong Kim at shortstop. The Padres are second in the National League West with a 68-58 record and so are occupying the 3rd wild-card spot in the NL.

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