Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has landed his first endorsement deal since he was hit with a 65-game suspension for violating the MLB's anti-drug policy, according to ESPN's Darren Rovell.
Baseball cleat manufacturing company 3N2 will pay Braun a much smaller sum than what he received from Nike, according to Rovell. Nike ended its relationship with Braun on Aug. 2.
While full details of the endorsement were not disclosed, 3N2 president Marty Graham said the company is confident in its new deal with Braun. From ESPN:
"We believe in Ryan," Graham said. "We've all made mistakes, and we're all human beings. Our country is about second chances."
He downplayed the risk of signing Braun, whose reputation has been severely tainted by his link to PEDs.
"We're very honest," Graham said. "We're not Nike or Under Armour, who do cleats and products across a variety of categories. This is who we are. Once Ryan has the year we think he is going to have, much of the past will be water under the bridge."
In addition to 3N2, Rovell is reporting that Braun will get paid this season to wear a Franklin batting glove from the "Natural II" line this season.
Braun lost $3.3 million of his salary as a result of the suspension. He was out 50 games for being a first-time offender in the drug program and 15 additionak games for his detrimental role in the investigation of and his affiliation with the Biogenesis clinic scandal.