Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been reinstated with no conditions following an Instagram post that appeared to show him endorsing a series of nutritional products, the NCAA announced on Thursday.
While he quickly deleted it, Miller posted a photo of him with a variety of AdvoCare supplements that seemed to be an endorsement of the brand. Last month, it was reported that the NCAA was investigating the incident as a potential endorsement violation.
Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer reported that Ohio State was expecting a secondary violation and Miller to retain his eligibility. Wasserman’s report proved to be correct after the NCAA released the following statement:
The NCAA has determined that Braxton Miller’s Instagram post on March 24, 2015, was deemed to be a promotion of a commercial product. The Ohio State University Dept. of Athletics reported the incident to the NCAA, and the NCAA has reinstated Braxton’s eligibility without any conditions. This was considered a minor violation and the matter is now closed.
Below is a screenshot of the post that was taken by Bleacher Report.
Miller is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, but he missed all of last season after re-injuring his throwing shoulder in August.
- Paul Palladino