Maria Sharapova is the world’s highest-paid female athlete. She’s a serious business. Her clothing line with Nike is said to be worth up to $70 million.

Sharapova has also been linked with companies like Tag Heuer, Canon, Prince, several fashion houses and even has her own premium gummy candies line. She’s also a reflection of today’s culture and over-sexualized women’s media. Google her name and you won’t spot an image of her playing tennis.

2016 summer’s Olympics in Rio are 150 days away and WADA, World Anti-Doping Agency, has been on a lookout. Sharapova’s case proves prominent athletes are not safe.

Tennis megastar looked untouchable by WADA until January 26 when she tested positive for meldonium, a drug used to treat angina and myocardial infarction. Meldonium has become popular in sports to enhance athlete’s performance.

If you understand professional sports, you understand doping. Based on the past couple of years, every superior athlete will eventually get caught. Sharapova is no exception.

Since yesterday’s press conferences brands have been cutting ties with Sharapova. She is definitely a reminder of how fragile the world of professional sports is. One minute you are on top, the next minute you’re holding a press conference apologizing.

It’s important to distinguish between the sports you’re in and the business she’s running. All drama aside, she is still a great athlete.

Read further: The fragile world of women and doping 

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