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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nike may have had impact on Lance Armstrong scandal [Daily News]


Evidence suggests Nike may have had hand in what U.S. Anti-Doping Agency calls Lance Armstrong’s sophisticated  doping program. Getty

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Evidence suggests Nike may have had hand in what U.S. Anti-Doping Agency calls Lance Armstrong’s sophisticated doping program.

Nike raised eyebrows from the French Alps to Oregon’s Cascade Range last week when it announced that it was standing by Lance Armstrong, despite the avalanche of evidence presented in the United States Anti-Doping Agency report that details why the cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles.
The giant sports apparel company has a history of publicly supporting embattled athletes – it issued statements backing Kobe Bryant after the Lakers guard was charged with sexual assault in 2003 and Tiger Woods after his extramarital sexploits became public in 2009. But Nike’s support of Armstrong may be different: There is evidence that suggests Nike is not simply a sponsor that chose to remain visibly loyal to a scandal-stained athlete, but an active participant in what the USADA report described as the most sophisticated doping program in sports history.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/i-team/nike-left-footprint-lance-scandal-article-1.1184431#ixzz29TbygyjW

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