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Acer not to change endorsement deal with Taiwanese pitcher

2012/04/26 20:46:20

Taipei, April 26 (CNA) Taiwanese PC vendor Acer Inc. said Thursday it will not change its endorsement deal with Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang despite his admission of an extra-marital affair that occurred two years ago.

"Currently, we don't want to change it," Acer Chairman and CEO J.T. Wang said of the endorsement deal signed with Chien-Ming Wang in 2005.

"We understand that he was undergoing long hours of rehabilitation after his injuries, and we don't want to change (the deal) now," the chairman said at the company's investor conference.

The 32-year-old Chien-Ming Wang, one of Taiwan's most successfulsports figures, admitted at a press conference Monday in the UnitedStates that he had an extra-marital affair in 2010 that lasted for eight months.

The disclosure upended his public image in Taiwan as a faithful home-loving man.

Wang reached his peak in the major leagues with successive 19-win seasons for the New York Yankees in 2006 and 2007, but a promising career was then derailed by injuries.

After a strong start to the season in 2008, he injured his foot running the bases in a game in June 2008 and missed the rest of the season.

He then strained his shoulder in 2009, an injury that some believe was caused by not having completely recovered from his foot injury the year before, and he had surgery that kept him off a major league mound until late last year.

(By Jeffrey Wu)