Sharapova reinstated by Nike despite ban, but not everyone welcoming her back

BY foxsports • June 9, 2016

Maria Sharapova was reinstated by her biggest sponsor, Nike, this week despite receiving a two-year ban by the ITF for violating its policy on banned substances. Nike based its decision on the fact that the ITF supported Sharapova's claim that she didn't realize the drug she was taking was illegal.

However, not all of her sponsors have been so forgiving. Porsche announced its sponsorship of Sharapova will remain on hold until her appeal of the ban is ruled on.

"We have taken note of the recent International Tennis Federation (ITF) ruling in the case of Maria Sharapova and are especially aware that it was decided that she was not accused of intentionally violating the World Anti-Doping-Code," Porsche said in a statement to "As Maria will appeal the decision, we will continue to keep all activities with her on hold until the final judgment has been reached."

Another sponsor, Avon, announced it would not renew its deal with Sharapova, but said the decision was not related to her doping scandal.

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