The fallout of Fernando Tatis Jr testing positive for PEDs continued this week.
Adidas is reportedly parting ways with the San Diego Padres’ star following his 80-game suspension for testing positive for a performing-enhancing drug. On Friday, an Adidas spokesperson announced the company’s partnership with the 23-year-old athlete had ended, ESPN reported.
“We believe that sport should be fair,” the Adidas rep wrote in a statement, per the outlet. “We have a clear policy on doping and can confirm that our partnership with Fernando Tatis Jr. will not continue.”
Tatis’ relationship with Adidas goes back to 2020, when he signed with the brand after an electric rookie year that saw him place third in NL Rookie of the Year voting despite playing only 84 MLB games.
Adidas wasted no time wiping him completely from their site as his main page redirects to generic pages and “Page Not Found” results.
It’s unclear if Gatorade has intentions to end its partnership with Tatis.
If the Padres do not reach the playoffs this season, Tatis will be eligible to return to the Padres after 32 games next season.
Tatis said he plans to use his unplanned time off to undergo a long-awaited shoulder surgery to address issues that have plagued him since his time in the minors.
The Padres signed Tatis to a 14-year, $340 million contract in February 2021 and are “highly unlikely” to contest the deal, per Jon Heyman of the New York Post.