Lance Armstrong fought off the wolves for as long as he could. But when the USADA releases findings that Armstrong was at the center of the “most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program the sport has ever seen”, people have no other choice than to begin to distance themselves.
And that what Nike and LIVESTRONG did on Wednesday.
Here’s Nike’s statement announcing the termination of their contract with Armstrong:
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. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner.
Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.
And here’s a portion of Armstrong’s statement announcing that will step down as chairman of LIVESTRONG:
“I have had the great honor of serving as this foundation’s chairman for the last five years and its mission and success are my top priorities. Today therefore, to spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship.
“My duties will transfer to Vice Chairman Jeff Garvey who will serve as chairman. Jeff’s guidance and wisdom have been critical to shaping the foundation’s work since its earliest days. Jeff was this organization’s founding chairman and I have full confidence that under his leadership, the foundation will continue expanding its ability to serve cancer survivors.