Nike Dumps Maria Sharapova After Failed Drug Test

1 minute read

Nike, Porsche and TAG Heuer have quickly moved to distance themselves from Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova— who said on Monday that she tested positive for meldonium, which is a banned substance under the WADA code.

According to the BBC, Nike says it’s “saddened” by the news of her failed drug’s test and have suspended their “relationship with Maria while the investigation continues.”

Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer have suspended their talks to extend its deal with Sharapova, which ran out at the end of 2015. While Porsche, who named her its first female ambassador in 2014, have decided to “postpone planned activities.”

The five-time major champion said she had been taking the drug for a decade for numerous health issues.

“I don’t want to end my career this way, and I really hope I will be given another chance to play this game” she told a press conference on Monday.




More Must-Reads from TIME

Contact us at