Nike dumps Lance Armstrong after keeping Tiger Woods and Michael Vick

After a devastating and comprehensive report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency accusing Lance Armstrong of spearheading, “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen,” sponsor Nike has dropped the cyclist from their contract.

As part of their official statement Nike stated:

“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.”

In addition, Lance has announced that he will be stepping down from his role as chairman of the Livestrong charity foundation. Armstrong is a cancer survivor and founded the organization to help fight the terrible disease.

One of the interesting things about this sudden decision from Nike is that the powerhouse company still associates with Michael Vick, (after initially dropping him,) who was found guilty of operating an interstate dog fighting ring and went to prison for these charges, and Tiger Woods, who had the most public infidelity scandal in the history of sport.

Do you think it’s right for Nike to drop Armstrong for alleged cheating, which he still denies in spite of his own teammates claiming otherwise, while still being associated with Vick and Woods?

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  • D

    Well I can kinda understand. Nike is about great athletes. While Woods may be scum, he didn’t cheat to win a major. Now Vick did break the law so I would say drop him as far as that goes.

  • I am Nikki

    What did Tiger Woods do that Nike would care about? He is an athlete who didn’t cheat to win. Vick is an athlete who didn’t cheat to win either.

  • Charla

    Lance basically cheated his whole career. Every title he has won was won with deceit. Tiger nor Vick cheated. Their morals (unrelated to sports) may be questionable, but they are still top athletes. Without cheating, would Lance have been a top athlete?

    • tab

      yes, this exactly.


    Tiger couldn’t keep it in his pants and Vick was an animal abuser. While I think they are both shameful and got what they deserved, neither of them took perfomance enhancing drugs. Nothing they did compromised their credibility as athletes, which is what Nike makes their living supporting. I think Nike is in the right for dropping Lance. He is disgraceful.

  • tab

    i’m not surprised they dumped him since this scandal spans years and years and many wins and titles.
    this is all very sad.

  • Maiko Higa

    He “denies” it and yet he quit fighting it. That’s guilty in my book. If he were innocent he should have had proof, and not avoided the dope testers.