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Acer to re-evaluate Wang's endorsement contract in view of affair

2012/04/24 15:57:04

Taipei, April 24 (CNA) Taiwan computer maker Acer Inc. said Tuesday it will re-evaluate its endorsement contract with Washington Nationals pitcher Chien-Ming Wang, in light of his admission Monday night in the United States 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.

Meanwhile, BIONET Corp., 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 sports figures, admitted at a press conference in Florida that he had had extra-marital affair in 2009 that lasted for eight months.

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

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

Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te also said the 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 said he hopes Wang, who is recovering from a hamstring injury, will take care of his health and keep working hard in the major league to honor Taiwan and his hometown.

Wang was presented with the honorary citizen title by former Mayor Hsu Tain-tsair, becoming the 11th person to be honored in that way by the southern Taiwan city.

(By Luo Hsiu-wen, Tien Yu-pin, Chang Jung-hsiang and Kendra Lin)
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