Fernando Tatis Jr. loses Adidas sponsorship following suspension

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San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. continued to deal with the consequences of his 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs as Adidas announced on Friday that it was ending its partnership with him.

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« We believe sport should be fair, » an Adidas spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN Friday night. « We have a clear doping policy and can confirm that our partnership with Fernando Tatis Jr. will not continue. »

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Tatis was suspended on August 12 for testing positive for the banned substance Clostebol. Tatis, who initially said he inadvertently took the substance in a ringworm medication, expressed remorse for his situation.

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“I’m sincerely sorry. I’m really sorry,” the shortstop said Tuesday. “I let so many people down. I lost so much love from people. I failed.

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

The suspension means Tatis will miss the entire 2022 season. He had yet to play this year due to a left wrist injury believed to have been sustained in a motorcycle accident in December.

While he was away, Tatis agreed to have surgery on his left shoulder. Part of the reason he and the team were at odds was because he refused to go under the knife after last season.


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