Ohio State investigating potential Braxton Miller endorsement violation

Wednesday March 25th, 2015

Ohio State is investigating a photo Braxton Miller posted to his Instagram account Tuesday that showed him with a series of nutritional products, ESPN reported Wednesday

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 24.braxtonmiller@gmail.com #GrindMode #TheWarmup." 

While Miller did not detail what the "mission" was, the photo could be construed as an endorsement of AdvoCare products. 

Braxton Miller Instagram

(h/t Bleacher Report for the screenshot)​

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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



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