Trek, Nike, RadioShack Drop Sponsorships for Lance Armstrong
Amid the ugly, ugly doping scandal and USADA statements and documents, Lance Armstrong’s sponsors are dropping like flies. Below are several of the statements. Armstrong, for his part, has stepped away from any duties with the Livestrong Foundation for the time being to “to spare the foundation any negative effected as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career.”
Related, former team director Johan Bruyneel has stepped down from his position with the Leopard Trek team as well.
TREK BIKES: Trek is disappointed by the findings and conclusions in the USADA report regarding Lance Armstrong. Given the determinations of the report, Trek today is terminating our longterm relationship with Lance Armstrong. Trek will continue to support the Livestrong Foundation and its efforts to combat cancer.
NIKE: 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.
RadioShack simply said they had no current obligation to Armstrong, and Anheuser-Busch, brewer of Michelob Ultra, said they would not renew their relationship with him at the end of 2012. All parties have stated they’ll continue their support of Livestrong, including licensed apparel from Nike.