Lance Armstrong fired by Nike amid doping scandal
Lance Armstrong is no longer Nike’s face. According to TMZ, Nike claims the athlete “misled” the company amid allegations of doping.
“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.
Armstrong also ended his job as chairman of the Livestrong cancer-fighting charity. “To spare the foundation any negative effects as a result of controversy surrounding my cycling career, I will conclude my chairmanship”, the athlete said in a statement.
A week ago, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released a report about Armstrong’s direct involvement in what it called “the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen”. Lance Armstrong has been banned from cycling for life. Still, he denies the claims.
Lance won the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between the years of 1999 and 2005. He is also a testicular cancer survivor. Lance has three children with former wife Kristin Richard. He also fathered two children with his current girlfriend Anna Hansen. He also dated Sheryl Crow from 2003 until 2006.