Ohio State investigating potential Braxton Miller endorsement violation
In the since-deleted post, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year poses next to a series of nutritional supplements manufactured by the brand AdvoCare. Miller is seated in the photo next to Brandon Oshodin, a purported distributor of AdvoCare products, according to CBS Sports.
The photo's caption read, "Me & the homie @BrandonOshodin and @authentikfitness on a mission. Hit me up firstname.lastname@example.org #GrindMode #TheWarmup."
While Miller did not detail what the "mission" was, the photo could be construed as an endorsement of AdvoCare products.
(h/t Bleacher Report for the screenshot)
The NCAA prohibits athletes from paid or unpaid endorsements.
AdvoCare has posted a set of guidelines on its website for athletes and coaches in regards to working with NCAA schools, according to Bleacher Report. Those guidelines absolve the company of any student-athlete violations and denote that student athletes should not post photos of themselves offering testimonials of AdvoCare products.
In 2011, Ohio State received a postseason ban and then-head coach Jim Tressel a show-cause penalty for impermissible benefits received by quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
- Will Green