ESPN’s Darren Rovell has reported that Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun had been signed to his first endorsement deal since MLB suspended the former MVP for 65 games as a result of violating the league’s anti-drug policy.
Braun had his endorsement deal terminated with Nike on August 2, but now another cleat/shoe manufacturer seems to be ready to gamble on Braun as their pitch-man.
Baseball cleat manufacturing company 3N2 has stepped to the plate for the Brewers’ All-Star, offering him a reported fraction of the price he was being paid by Nike.
3N2 president Marty Graham told ESPN.com that the company contacted Braun’s representation to talk about a deal and let him try out their product. Presumably things moved ahead once began wearing the 3N2 cleats throughout spring training games.
“We believe in Ryan,” Graham said to Rovell. “We’ve all made mistakes, and we’re all human beings. Our country is about second chances.”
Well, certainly it’s about second chances for famous athletes.
The deal will no doubt help to make up some of the $3.3 million Braun lost in salary as a result of the suspension.