Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 4:12 p.m.
From our news partner, WITI in Milwaukee:
MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Major League Baseball player Ryan Braun has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season for violating the league’s drug policy, Commissioner Bud Selig announced Monday, and now, Kwik Trip has dropped Braun’s commercials.
The Brewers have 65 games remaining this season, so Braun’s punishment amounts to a 65-game suspension.
Braun, 29, an outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers, admitted to wrongdoing and apologized for his actions in a statement, saying “I am not perfect.”
FOX6′s news partners at the Milwaukee Business Journal say Kwik Trip has now ceased all television and radio commercials featuring Braun, according to ESPN.com.
Braun also has his name on three Milwaukee-area restaurants with SURG Restaurant Group. SURG president Omar Shaikh declined to comment when contacted Tuesday by the Business Journal.
SURG owns Ryan Braun’s Graffito in the 3rd Ward and 8-Twelve MVP Bar and Grill in Brookfield and Glendale, which is a sports bar with official deals with Braun and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Braun lost his first round of endorsement deals in early 2012 when news leaked that he was a target of a Major League Baseball investigation into players using performance-enhancing drugs. At the time Forbes reported an estimate that his endorsement income was $2 million but would have grown to about $5 million if he successfully evaded suspension.
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