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Nike parts ways with Ryan Braun

Aug 2, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

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Darren Rovell of ESPN is reporting that Nike has severed ties with Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun. Braun, one of a handful of players implicated in the ongoing Biogenesis scandal, is currently serving a season-ending 65-game suspension. Rovell lists other sponsors to have parted ways with Braun, including Kwik Trip, Wilson, and Muscle Milk.

Prior to his suspension, Braun had been battling a right hand injury, limiting him to just eight games in June and four games in July. His 2013 ends with a .298/.372/.498 slash line.

Other players involved with the Biogenesis scandal are being given a 6 PM ET deadline Sunday to settle, according to Ken Davidoff. We are expected to hear the results on Monday.

  1. benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    and when they did it they said – it’s not us, it’s definitely you /leans on pig spear & nods like ‘told you so’

    • Arods Other Doctor - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

      I’m now dumber.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        dumber than a guy who reads mri’s and offers a diagnosis without seeing the patient?? /scratches head

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:33 AM

        Why not? Remember that Republican cardiologist/senator who looked at MRIs of the puddle of jelly pooled at the bottom of Terri Schiavo’s skull and pronounced her capable of drooling on her own?

    • mjlavert2001 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:49 AM

      I think we need to discuss the elephant in the room here. Most of the athletes in baseball that are taking some type of steroid or other customized “supplement” are doing so to recover from injury and stay healthy. We tend to be very critical of them assuming they are cheating. MLB has extended the season to 162 games for the revenue, and the humans playing the sport are getting beat up – with more injuries in MLB than ever. Drop the season down to 125 games and reduce the injuries to the players. While there are those who will cheat per se, it is mostly about faster recovery so they can play and earn their living. I am not condoning using dangerous steroids, just stating the root of the problem. Think about Barry Bonds…steroids may have added 15 feet on all his fly balls, but you cannot get a hitting eye like that by taking steroids. As a life-long baseball umpire in HS and college, I see a lot of players on rehab during summer games from MLB. It was never like that in the 80’s when I was doing minor league ball. Something has to change to help the players have more down time so their bodies will stay healthy. All MLB cares about is the TV and trademark royalties. It is only about $$ to them…

      • dangernearing - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:32 AM

        Apologist^^

      • benjisbigumpblockingbutt - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

        you really must pause & ponder where you are – this is no place for intelligent and rational discourse – certainly no place to care about other people.

        every pro sports season is too long, hockey is probably the worst offender for me – of course the players respond by slacking through 50 games and then gradually turning up the pace.

  2. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Doesn’t Nike claim to enhance player performance? Seems like a pot/kettle type situation here.

  3. brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    They didn’t drop Tiger Woods when it was discovered he’s not a very good person.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      Eldrick was only caught cheating on his wife, not the game. More than that, Nike Golf produces ~$700M/yr in revenue.

      Tiger would have to kill someone before they’d drop him.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        I know why they didn’t drop Tiger. I’m just pointing out Nike’s hypocrisy.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

        It’s not hypocrisy. Nike wasn’t making any moral judgments. They stuck with Tiger because they felt endorsing him was still a positive business decision. They dropped Ryan Braun because they felt that continuing to endorse him was no longer a positive business decision.

    • tbutler704 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:04 PM

      Hypocrisy doesn’t mean what you think. It’s just business. Some people are worth more than others to a company. Nike has no moral obligation to anyone except their investors.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Sure it was business but there’s some hypocrisy in there with it.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        You keep using that word…i do not think it means what you think it means

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

        I get the reference but I also know the meaning of the word. If Tiger didn’t make them so much money they would likely have dropped him at the time. Since Tiger is a cash cow they didn’t. Braun doesn’t make them nearly as much money so they drop him when he did something bad. Business sure, hypocritical, in my mind yes.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        This is getting a little tiresome. Demonstrate that Nike dropped him for moral opposition to his conduct and not because he’s become toxic to their branding or shut the hell up. If it’s hypocritical in your mind, then that’s only because you don’t understand how any of this works.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

        If it’s tiresome quit arguing with me. You wont lose any sleep over it and neither will I.

      • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Charley Partanna: “You want me to whack my own wife?”

        Charley’s dad: “It’s business, Charlie. It’s just business.”

      • louhudson23 - Aug 3, 2013 at 3:40 AM

        It can only be considered hypocrisy if they used two different standards to take two different actions. There is no indication that they did this. The standard used (apparently) in both cases is one of return on investment. Tiger still makes them money,Braun not so much. Had they kept Tiger for economic reasons,while ignoring the morality aspect and fired Braun for a moral aspect,then that would have been hypocritical…..

    • Carl Hancock - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:01 AM

      Braun cheated at the sport Nike endorsed him for playing. Nike didn’t endorse Tiger for his marriage, Nike endorsed Tiger for his golf playing abilities. Comparing the two is asinine. If Tiger Woods was caught doing PED’s, I guarantee you Nike would drop him too.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 3, 2013 at 4:12 AM

        Tiger is a well thought out cultivated marketing image. I can’t believe some people don’t realize it yet. And Tiger has been linked to PED’s but not necessarily proven to have done them. And as everybody gas said, Tiger makes them money, they wont quit him until that proves otherwise.

    • dangernearing - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      Braun’s finally getting what he deserves. He actually should’ve gotten more games.

  4. tbutler704 - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Why can’t Ryan Braun be more like Lloyd Braun??

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      Serenity now, insanity later.

  5. buffal0sportsfan - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Adidas will sign him by next season

  6. 13arod - Aug 2, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Aaron hernendez all over agin

  7. Stiller43 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    Its only hypocrisy if its the exact same situation…its not, so its not.

  8. dondada10 - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    Interesting that endorsement deals aren’t guaranteed.

    • Reflex - Aug 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM

      More interesting to me is that often players make more money from their endorsement deals, which are not guaranteed, yet it does not seem to deter bad behavior that can cost them those deals.

  9. wardmanone - Aug 2, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    brewcrewfan54, you are not comparing what Braun did in the game repeatedly, then got off on technicality threw the guy under the bus and then went back to get more juice and what Tiger did in cheating on his wife as the same context are you? Okay you are ya it’s identical Nike does not appreciate your keen and moral insights

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 3, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      Yes i am. I’m going to put it in very easy language. Shitbag A makes them lots of money so they keep him. Shitbag B doesn’t make them the same money so they drop him. Its not exactly apples to apples but they choose their own moral stand by who makes them more money. And lets not forget that Tiger is linked to Dr Anthony Galea who is linked to ARod and is also a known steroid supplier amongst other things.

      • Kevin S. - Aug 3, 2013 at 6:57 AM

        They didn’t make a moral stand you jackass! Seriously, quotes or get out.

      • dangernearing - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:36 AM

        This guy is such a clown. Braun’s dirty and is actually getting off quite light.

  10. jollyjoker2 - Aug 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    lets face it , we would all do the same if we were marginal athletes and a few needles get us to the top making millions. MLB seems to be doing fine without my cash, so be it.

  11. bla bla bla - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:18 AM

    Meanwhile, in a third-world sweatshop, a child is beaten nearly to death for skipping a hole while lacing up the shoes that Nike pays him 15 cents per 12-hour day to make.

    And you people worry about possible hypocrisy in Nike’s choice of spokespersons. Dear God, I hope I’m dead before you college educated geniuses are running this country.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Aug 3, 2013 at 2:33 AM

      Its not like we don’t find that awful but that’s been going on for years. We showed our outrage before the internet took over.

    • Old Gator - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:34 AM

      I don’t worry about Nike’s marketing philosophy. I simply don’t buy Nike products precisely because of the sweatshop conditions that still persist in their manufacturing facilities overseas. I also don’t buy them because they are so ridiculously overpriced. On the other hand, I can happily buy Nike knockoffs at the local flea markets for a tenth of what the real ones cost – and help sabotage their market at the same time.

      • dangernearing - Aug 3, 2013 at 8:39 AM

        *Clapping* Awesome, now would you like some pie.

  12. northstarnic - Aug 3, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Wow. Took them long enough. Must have been some tough number crunching to determine he will no longer help them make money.

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