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Nike drops Lance Armstrong over cheating scandal

  • FILE - In this July 24, 2005 file photo, Lance Armstrong wears a Nike logo on his jersey prior to the start of the 21st and final stage of the Tour de france cycling race, between Corbeil-Essonnes, south of Paris, and the French capital. Armstrong stepped down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity and Nike severed ties with him as fallout from the doping scandal swirling around the famed cyclist escalated Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

NEW YORK — Nike has severed ties with cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing insurmountable evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade.

The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was terminating Armstrong's contract "with great sadness."

"Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner," it said in a statement.

Armstrong said Wednesday, just minutes before the announcement from Nike, that he was stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so that the organization can steer clear of the whirlwind surrounding its founder.

A representative for Armstrong could not be immediately reached for comment.


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