“Sports should be fair”- Fernando Tatis Jr. loses sponsorship with Adidas after 80 game suspension


“Sports should be fair”- Fernando Tatis Jr. loses sponsorship with Adidas after 80 game suspension

Fernando Tatis Jr.

Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres continued to experience the effects of his 80-game ban for using performance-enhancing drugs after Adidas announced on Friday that it was cancelling its connection with him. After testing positive for the performance-enhancing anabolic steroid Clostebol earlier this month, Tatis was suspended. 

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In a statement to ESPN on Friday night, an Adidas representative claimed- “We believe that sport should be fair,” “We have a clear policy on doping and can confirm that our partnership with Fernando Tatis Jr. will not continue.” Fernando Tatis Jr. has apologized for his actions, despite initially claiming that he accidentally took the ingredient in ringworm medicine. ‘I’m truly sorry. I’m really sorry,’ the shortstop said Tuesday. ‘I have let so many people down. I have lost so much love from people. I have failed.

“I failed the front office, the San Diego Padres, (owner) Peter Seidler, (general manager) A.J. Preller. I have failed the fans of this city, I have failed my country, I have failed my family, parents. I’m really sorry for my mistakes. I have seen how my dreams have turned into my worst nightmares. … There is no one else to blame but myself,” said Fernando Tatis Jr.

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Fernando Tatis Jr. to be out the entire 2022 season

Fernando Tatis Jr.
Fernando Tatis Jr.

Fernando Tatis Jr. will sit out the entire 2022 season as a result of the suspension. Due to a left wrist injury supposedly sustained in a motorbike accident in December, he had not yet played this season. Tatis has agreed to have surgery on his left shoulder while he’s sidelined. He and the team were at odds in part because he refused to have surgery after the previous season.

In 2021, Tatis’ third season in a big league, he participated in a career-high 130 games and led the National League with 42 home runs. He finished third in the National League MVP vote with a.282 batting average, 97 RBIs, and 25 steals. Tatis has played in 273 games in his career, batting.292 with 81 home runs and 195 RBIs. After placing fourth in the NL MVP voting during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he was a first-time All-Star in 2021. He also signed a 14-year, $330 million contract with the Padres during spring training last year.

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