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Acer to re-evaluate pitcher's endorsement following affair admission

  • CNA
  • 2012-04-25
  • 11:45 (GMT+8)
Chien-Ming Wang attends a press conference in Taipei as Acer's brand ambassador, November 2011. (File photo/Yin Chieh-lung)

Chien-Ming Wang attends a press conference in Taipei as Acer's brand ambassador, November 2011. (File photo/Yin Chieh-lung)

Taiwanese computer maker Acer said Tuesday it will re-evaluate its endorsement contract with Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang in light of his admission Monday night that he had had an extra-marital affair two years ago.

Acer, which entered into an endorsement deal with Wang in 2005, declined to make any further comment on the issue.

Bionet, a private cord blood banking service in Taiwan, said it will maintain its endorsement contract with Wang until it expires at the end of the year.

The 32-year-old Wang, one of Taiwan's most successful athletes, admitted at a press conference in Florida that he had had an extra-marital affair in 2009 that lasted for eight months. The disclosure upended his glistening public image in Taiwan, where we was known as a faithful family man.

E Sun Financial Holding, which also has an endorsement deal with Wang, said the news of the affair will not affect its contract.

Tainan mayor Lai Ching-te also said his city will not revoke the honorary citizenship it awarded to Wang in 2005. Wang, a native of Tainan, was named an honorary citizen for his outstanding performance in sports, Lai said. The mayor added that he hopes Wang, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will take care of his health and keep working hard in the major leagues to honor Taiwan and his hometown.

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