When David Ortiz visited the president at the White House with his Boston Red Sox team the first baseman grabbed the opportunity to get a selfie with Barack Obama, much to the delight of the baseball world.
But now Ortiz's actions have been questioned by ABCnews.com after it was revealed the Red Sox man signed a huge promotional contract with Samsung to promote their mobile phones just hours before the snap was taken.
Ortiz tweeted the snap to his 634,000 followers on his Samsung mobile phone after signing with the manufacturer on Monday but a spokesman for Samsung refused to comment on the picture directly.
“We have a relationship with David and the Red Sox. We partner with who have like-minded values and fit with who we are as a brand,” they explained in a statement to ABCnews.com.
Ortiz, 38, who has begun his eleventh season with the Red Sox in 2014, told the Boston Globe: “It was an honour to help him capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement.”
The 2013 World Series champions was invited to visit the White House by Obama as part of a traditional celebration. But the authenticity of Ortiz's “genuine moment of joy” has been come under fire and it is unclear whether the White House were aware of the stunt.
Alongside Ortiz’s photograph, team-mate Jonny Gomes wore an eye-catching patriotic suit to the White House. Left fielder Gomes donned a stars and stripes jacket and trouser combination with a red, white and blue tie.
Gomes later revealed he gave President Obama an identical suit as a present.
The Red Sox, owned by John W. Henry who is also the majority owner of Liverpool Football Club, clearly made a lasting impression on the President.
President Obama said: “I would like to welcome the 2013 World Series champions Boston Red Sox to the White House. I’ve got to say you all have some fanatical fans, some of them here in administration side of the White House. I am surrounded by Red Sox fans.”
Red Sox began the regular season on Monday with a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Baltimore Orioles.
Despite the result it was a happy return for Grady Sizemore, the only scorer for Boston, who was playing his first game of Major League Baseball since September 2011.
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