Lance Armstrong Nike Contract Terminated: Company Severs Ties With Cyclist Over Doping Allegations

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Lance Armstrong Nike Contract Terminated: Company Severs Ties With Cyclist Over Doping Allegations

By MICHELLE CHAPMAN 10/17/12 09:42 AM ET EDT





NEW YORK — Nike has severed ties with cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade.
The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was terminating Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."
"Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner," it said in a statement.
Armstrong said Wednesday, just minutes before the announcement from Nike, that he was stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so that the organization can steer clear of the whirlwind surrounding its founder.
A representative for Armstrong could not be immediately reached for comment.
Nike Inc., based in Beaverton, Ore., said it plans to continue its support for Livestrong. Anheuser-Busch and the sunglasses company Oakley have already pledged ongoing support for the organization.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a massive report last week detailing allegations of widespread doping by Armstrong and his teams when he won the Tour de France seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005.
The 41-year-old Armstrong, who overcame life-threatening testicular cancer, retired from cycling a year ago. He announced in August that he would no longer fight the doping allegations that have dogged him for years.
Nike's courting of top celebrity athletes is well known, as are the inherent risks companies assume when doing so.
After Tiger Woods ran his SUV over a fire hydrant in November 2009, eventually bringing to light his infidelities, Accenture, AT&T Inc. and Gatorade cut ties with him. But EA Sports and Nike stood by the golfer.
Nike signed NFL quarterback Michael Vick to a contract during his rookie year in 2001, but ended that pact in August 2007 after he filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a dogfighting ring. Vick spent 21 months in prison.
Nike re-signed Vick, who plays with the Philadelphia Eagles, in July 2011. The company said at that time that it didn't condone Vick's actions, but was supportive of the positive changes he had made to better himself off the field.
Shares of Nike edged slightly higher in early trading.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/lance-armstrong-nike-contract-terminated_n_1973192.html

Gee, who saw this coming. Aside from, you know, everyone.
 

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Armstrong steps down from charity; Nike drops sponsorship

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AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Lance Armstrong on Wednesday stepped down as chairman of the charity he founded to distance the cancer patient-support organization from the widening doping scandal that promises to cost him his seven Tour de France cycling titles.
At the same time, one of his long-time corporate sponsors, Nike Inc., said it could no longer ignore the growing evidence of his illicit behavior as one of the cycling world's premier athletes and dropped its sponsorship of him.
Armstrong said in a statement: "To spare the (Livestrong) foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship." He will continue to serve on the board.
Armstrong is set to lose his record seven Tour de France titles after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency published a 1,000-page report last week that said the now-retired American took part in and organized an elaborate and sophisticated doping scheme on his way to his unrivalled success on the Tour.
Armstrong, 41, has always denied he took banned substances during his glittering career but decided not to challenge the USADA charges against him.
Armstrong founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation in 1997 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer in late 1996, according to the foundation's website. The organization launched the Livestrong brand in 2003 as it widened its cancer patient-support services, and the foundation is now known by both names.
His departure as chairman comes just two days before the foundation's fund-raising gala in Austin, Texas, where Armstrong lives. Celebrities such as Sean Penn and Ben Stiller are expected to attend, with comedian Robin Williams and singer Norah Jones to provide entertainment.
"It is his effort to inoculate the foundation against any risk or damage associated with current controversy in the cycling world," Livestrong spokeswoman Katherine McLane said in an interview.
DONATIONS TO LIVESTRONG RISE
So far, the foundation's financial health appears not to have suffered from Armstrong's cycling scandal.
Contributions have actually risen this year as the USADA probe gathered momentum. For the year 2012 to date, the foundation has reported revenue of $33.8 million, up 2.1 percent from this point a year ago, according to documents provided to Reuters.
Since late August, when Armstrong said he would not contest the USADA findings and the agency said it planned to strip him of his titles, Livestrong has received more than 16,000 contributions, averaging about $97 each. "This is almost twice normal levels," Rae Bazzarre, another Livestrong spokeswoman.
Meanwhile, Nike, in reversing its earlier stand in support of Armstrong, said it was severing ties with Armstrong, but would continue to support Livestrong.
"Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him," the company said in a statement. "Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner."
Cycling's world governing body, the International Cycling Union, has yet to rule on the USADA report. They can either confirm Armstrong's life ban and strip him of his seven Tour titles or take the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The USADA report accused Armstrong, as head of the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, of running "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen." The report included sworn testimony of 26 people, including 15 riders, who described years of performance-enhancing drug use.
(Writing by Dan Burns; Editing by Jackie Frank)
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That old Karma is coming back to Lance.

You can't be an arrogant cunt and not have it bite you in the one ball.
 

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it's a sad day when heroes fall. We didn't pick him for sainthood. We just admired his performance as an athlete.

"We, as a society, didn't make them celebrities because of their moral character. We put them on pedestals because they provide us entertainment." -Unknown
 

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Im just glad that I have just as many championship titles in cycling as Lance!
 

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World cycling body UCI ratifies lifetime ban on US cyclist Lance Armstrong, removes his 7 Tour de France titles
and the repay $12mill in prize money!


i think someone should be on suicide watch
 

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This just makes me sad. I was a huge supporter of Lance when the Frogs were all over his shit trying to roon his titles.

He is the reason I traded a mountain bike for a road bike years ago. But his charitable work has been good.

But this is just downright disappointing.
 

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UCI agrees to strip Armstrong of his 7 Tour titles

By GRAHAM DUNBAR (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 51 minutes ago

GENEVA (AP) -- Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling's governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
International Cycling Union President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted USADA's report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
''Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,'' McQuaid said at a news conference. ''This is a landmark day for cycling.''
The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong's name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005.
Tour director Christian Prudhomme has said the race would go along with whatever cycling's governing body decides and will have no official winners for those years.
USADA said Armstrong should be banned and stripped of his Tour titles for ''the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen'' within his U.S. Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams.
The USADA report said Armstrong and his teams used steroids, the blood booster EPO and blood transfusions. The report included statements from 11 former teammates who testified against Armstrong.
''I was sickened by what I read in the USADA report,'' McQuaid said, singling out the testimony of David Zabriskie. ''The story he told of how he was coerced and to some extent forced into doping is just mind boggling.''
Armstrong denies doping, saying he passed hundreds of drug tests. But he chose not to fight USADA in one of the agency's arbitration hearings, arguing the process was biased against him. Former Armstrong team director Johan Bruyneel is also facing doping charges, but he is challenging the USADA case in arbitration.
On Sunday, Armstrong greeted about 4,300 cyclists at his Livestrong charity's fundraiser bike ride in Texas, telling the crowd he's faced a ''very difficult'' few weeks.
''I've been better, but I've also been worse,'' Armstrong, a cancer survivor, told the crowd.
While drug use allegations have followed the 41-year-old Armstrong throughout much of his career, the USADA report has badly damaged his reputation. Longtime sponsors Nike, Trek Bicycles and Anheuser-Busch have dropped him, as have other companies, and Armstrong also stepped down last week as chairman of Livestrong, the cancer awareness charity he founded 15 years ago after surviving testicular cancer which spread to his lungs and brain.
Armstrong's astonishing return from life-threatening illness to the summit of cycling offered an inspirational story that transcended the sport. However, his downfall has ended ''one of the most sordid chapters in sports history,'' USADA said in its 200-page report published two weeks ago.
Armstrong has consistently argued that the USADA system was rigged against him, calling the agency's effort a ''witch hunt.''
If Armstrong's Tour victories are not reassigned there would be a hole in the record books, marking a shift from how organizers treated similar cases in the past.
When Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour victory for a doping violation, organizers awarded the title to Andy Schleck. In 2006, Oscar Pereiro was awarded the victory after the doping disqualification of American rider Floyd Landis.
USADA also thinks the Tour titles should not be given to other riders who finished on the podium, such was the level of doping during Armstrong's era.
The agency said 20 of the 21 riders on the podium in the Tour from 1999 through 2005 have been ''directly tied to likely doping through admissions, sanctions, public investigations'' or other means. It added that of the 45 riders on the podium between 1996 and 2010, 36 were by cyclists ''similarly tainted by doping.''
The world's most famous cyclist could still face further sports sanctions and legal challenges. Armstrong could lose his 2000 Olympic time-trial bronze medal and may be targeted with civil lawsuits from ex-sponsors or even the U.S. government.
In total, 26 people - including 15 riders - testified that Armstrong and his teams used and trafficked banned substances and routinely used blood transfusions. Among the witnesses were loyal sidekick George Hincapie and admitted dopers Tyler Hamilton and Floyd Landis.
USADA's case also implicated Italian sports doctor Michele Ferrari, depicted as the architect of doping programs, and longtime coach and team manager Bruyneel.
Ferrari - who has been targeted in an Italian prosecutor's probe - and another medical official, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral, received lifetime bans.
Bruyneel, team doctor Pedro Celaya and trainer Jose ''Pepe'' Marti opted to take their cases to arbitration with USADA. The agency could call Armstrong as a witness at those hearings.
Bruyneel, a Belgian former Tour de France rider, lost his job last week as manager of the RadioShack-Nissan Trek team which Armstrong helped found to ride for in the 2010 season.
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World cycling body UCI ratifies lifetime ban on US cyclist Lance Armstrong, removes his 7 Tour de France titles
and the repay $12mill in prize money!


i think someone should be on suicide watch
Well he still came in first, and he has made a shit ton more money from Livestrong than he did winning the 7 Tours.
 

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That's it...Im being a disgraced Lance Armstrong for Halloween

I have all the bike gear, I'll just get some syringes and Livestrong bracelets
 

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World cycling body UCI ratifies lifetime ban on US cyclist Lance Armstrong, removes his 7 Tour de France titles
and the repay $12mill in prize money!


i think someone should be on suicide watch
I doubt it. If it was me I'd tell to go fuck themselves.
Try and get that money back.
 

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Sure they're gonna try and get their money back but
do they have anything in writing that said he had to
if they determined he was doping? This is where most
"reactive" rules come from. They don't see this shit coming
and then need to write rules so they don't get burnt again.

Without a written contract they may be SOL. He doesn't
have to give the cash back if it's not in writing. This will be
a court battle. I doubt he'll just give up the cash and go
away quietly.
 

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The UCI insures their prize money reward through a third party. That 3rd part insurer has a legitimate claim against Lance in that the rules of the Tour stipulate that you win without cheating. Cheat=no win=no prize money.
 

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Oh just let them all dope. It can be like the old SNL skit, "The All-Drug Olympics".
 

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Most of his opponents probably doped too, so Lance still won those titles more or less on his own strength.
 

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good tweet by cav this morn

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With doping, I'm saddened that modern cycling's seen as a culprit, not a casualty of individuals. Don't paint everyone with the same brush.
 

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The New York Times reported late Friday that Lance Armstrong is considering a public admission that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.
In October, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports.
The Times said Armstrong has told associates he is considering a public admission because he wants to persuade anti-doping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.



http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/s...g-said-to-weigh-admission-of-doping.html?_r=0
 

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The Times said Armstrong has told associates he is considering a public admission because he wants to persuade anti-doping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.
I hope he admits it and they still tell him to go fuck himself.
 

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If he really thinks that coming clean now after denying it so fiercely will give him any kind of credibility he is sorely mistaken. He's done, son. Done.
 

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The New York Times reported late Friday that Lance Armstrong is considering a public admission that he used banned performance-enhancing drugs and blood transfusions during his cycling career.
In October, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles for doping and barred for life from competing in all Olympic sports.
The Times said Armstrong has told associates he is considering a public admission because he wants to persuade anti-doping officials to restore his eligibility so he can resume his athletic career.


http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/s...g-said-to-weigh-admission-of-doping.html?_r=0
So the Times is reporting that they may have something to report in the future? Got it.