Ryan Braun Loses Sponsor Following MLB Suspension

July 24, 2013

Suspended Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is in further turmoil after American convenient store chain Kwik Trip Inc. ended their sponsorship of the Major League Baseball (MLB) player.

After news broke Monday of his 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy, Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip Inc. said it would cut ties with Braun.

Kwik Trip director of marketing and advertising Gary Gonczy told ESPN Tuesday it was ending their four-year relationship.

Privately-owned Kwik Trip had used Braun’s name in radio and television commercials connected with its stores in the US states of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowas, ESPN reported.

Braun also has endorsement deals with Nike, Inc., SURG Restaurant Group and Ottawa, Canada-based SAM BAT.

The wooden baseball bat maker SAM BAT, who has also used other disgraced sluggers Barry Bonds and Jose Canseco to sell its products online, told ESPN it would continue its relationship with Braun.