The Buzz Armstrong Scandal


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SHOW ON WPRI 12.
WELCOME BACK TO THE RHODE
SHOW.
THIS MORNING IN THE BUZZ, HE
USED TO BE ON TOP OF THE WORLD,
BUT NOW DISGRACED CYCLIST LANCE
ARMSTRONG IS NO LONGER THE HEAD
OF HIS OWN CANCER-FIGHTING
CHARITY.
YESTERDAY HE RESIGNED AS
CHAIRMAN OF LIVESTRONG JUST
MINUTES BEFORE NIKE ANNOUNCED
IT'S TERMINATING ITS PERSONAL
CONTRACT WITH HIM.
ARMSTRONG WAS STRIPPED OF HIS 7
TOUR DE FRANCE TITLES AFTER AN
INVESTIGATION BY THE U.S.
ANTIDOPING AGENCY FILED
ALLEGATIONS OF WIDESPREAD DOPING
BY ARMSTRONG AND HIS TEAMMATES.
NIKE, HOWEVER, SAYS IT WILL
CONTINUE TO SUPPORT THE
LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION.
ANHEUSER-BUSCH AND 24 HOUR
FITNESS HAVE ALSO SEVERED TIES
WITH THE FAMED CYCLIST FOLLOWING
THE SCANDAL.
THIS IS HAPPENING ALL AT ONCE
FOR THIS GUY.
HIS CLIENTS ARE BACKING OUT
QUICK.
I'M NOT SOMEONE WHO'S GOING TO
GO OUT AND BUY A PRODUCT JUST
BECAUSE A SPORTS GUY ENDORSES
IT.
IF IT IS TRUE AND THEY SAID
THERE IS MOUNTING EVIDENCE, EVEN
WORSE THAT'S COMING OUT ABOUT
THE DOPING SCANDAL, IF IT IS
WORSE, HE JUST NEEDS TO COME
CLEAN AND GET IT OVER WITH.
YES.
APOLOGIZE AND --
AND MOVE ON, YES.
I THINK NIKE KEEPING ITS TIE
WITH LIVESTRONG MAKES SENSE.
RIGHT.
BECAUSE YOU THIS, HE
DEVELOPED THIS ORGANIZATION, AND
IT'S DOING GREAT THINGS.
IT BENEFITS A WONDERFUL CAUSE.
SO THAT'S GREAT TO KEEP
LIVESTRONG GOING, IT'S FINE.
LANCE ARMSTRONG NOT BEING THE
FACE OF IT MAKES A HOT OF SENSE,
AS WELL, BECAUSE THAT WAS
HIMSELF.
HE WAS REPRESENTING THAT.
HE WAS SAYING, DESPITE ALL OF
THE THINGS THAT I'VE BATTLED IN
MY LIFE, I HAVE TAKEN IT UPON
MYSELF AND DONE ALL THESE
AMAZING THINGS IN THE CYCLING
WORLD.
YET IT WAS A SCAM.
RIGHT.
SO IT WAS SMART ON HIS PART
TO BACK OUT BEFORE THERE WAS BAD
BLOOD, BECAUSE I'M SURE
LIVESTRONG WAS READY TO GIVE HIM
THE AX AS WELL.
SURE.
BUT WHAT SURPRISES ME IS
THINK OF THESE SPONSORS DEALING
WITH OTHER PEOPLE.
I KNOW WE'RE MENTIONING TIGER
WOODS AS ONE OF THEM, AND NIKE
IS STILL BEHIND HIM.
SO WHERE DO YOU KIND OF DRAW THE
LINE?
WELL, THE BIG DIFFERENCE, THE
WAY I SEE IT, IS LANCE
SMOSSEDLY -- SUPPOSEDLY,
ALLEGEDLY, CHEATED USING THE
DRUGS TO WIN THE GAME.
RIGHT.
TIGER, WELL, HE CHEATED ON
HIS WIFE, WHICH IS NOT GOOD,
EITHER, BY ANY MEANS.
HOWEVER, IT NEVER AFFECTED THE
GAME ITSELF.
I THINK THAT'S WHY NIKE IS
PROBABLY STICKING BY HIM.
YEAH, THAT'S WHERE IT REALLY
BECOMES TOUGH.
BECAUSE DO YOU WANT TO MAKE SURE
THAT IF PEOPLE ARE WINNERS AND
IF THEY'RE BEING GLORIFIED IN
ALMOST THIS HERO STATUS THAT
WHATEVER THEY'RE DOING IS RIGHT
AND THEY'RE NOT CHEATING, THAT'S
WHAT YOU'RE TRYING TO TEACH THE
YOUTH.
YOU DON'T CHEAT.
IT DOES GET A LITTLE IFFY WHEN
YOU THINK ABOUT SOMEONE LIKE
TYING HERO MORALLY HAS CHEATED
AND DONE WRONG THINGS.
I THINK THIS EVEN GOES INTO A
GREATER SCOPE WHERE YOU CAN
THINK ABOUT THE MUSICIANS.
PEOPLE STILL SUPPORT CHRIS BROWN
AND WILL BUY HIS ALBUMS AND PUT
HIM UP ON STAGES.
I THINK PEOPLE HAVE TO MAKE A
PERSONAL CHOICE.
AS A BRAND, I CAN SEE WHY NIKE
AND EVERYONE WOULD JUST DROP HIM
BALLPARKS THEY SAID, CHEATERS,
THIS IS IN REGARD TO SPORTS.
OTHER PRODUCTS, PEOPLE NEED TO
MAKE THEIR OWN PERSONAL CHOICE.
GROWING UNGER'S I DON'T KNOW
ABOUT YOU GUYS IRKS NEVER WAS
BIG INTO SPORTS, BUT I WAS NEVER
LOOKING UP TO SPORTS FIGURES
EITHER AS HEROES.
A LOT OF PEOPLE DO.
I WAS NOT THAT PERSON, I WASN'T
THE PERSON WHO WAS GOING OUT AND
BUYING SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE
SOME SPORTS FIGURE WAS THE
ENDORSER OF IT OR SOME CELEBRITY
WAS ENDORSING IT.
HOWEVER, I DO REALIZE IT'S A
GOOD THING THAT NIKE IS STICKING
BEHIND AND STILL DOANE DONATING
THE MONEY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
FOR LIVESTRONG.
I'LL STILL BUY LIVESTRONG
PRODUCTS.
RIGHT ZAIND NEVER DID BECAUSE
OF LANCE ARMSTRONG, I DID
BECAUSE OF THE CAUSE.
AND WHAT IT'S GOING TO, AND
BECAUSE IT'S SUCH A MEANINGFUL
THING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE.
LIKE YOU MENTIONED BEFORE, I
BOUGHT GATORADE BECAUSE IT
TASTED GOOD, NOT BECAUSE PEOPLE
WERE BEHIND IT.
NOT BECAUSE MICHAEL JORDAN'S
SITTING THERE DRINKING IT.
WELL, MICHAEL JORDAN'S DRINKING
IT, I'M GONNA DRINK IT.
BECAUSE SOME OF THE STUFF TASTES
BAD.
A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL GO OUT
AND JUST BECAUSE A SPORTS FIGURE
OR CELEBRITY ENDORSES THE
PRODUCT, THEY'LL GO OUT AND
PURCHASE THIS.
TOTALLY.
AND ESPECIALLY YOUTH.
THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE TO --
BECAUSE WE ARE ABLE TO SIT BACK
AND SAY WE'RE NOT GOING TO WASTE
$50 JUST BECAUSE IT HAS LANCE'S
SEAL OF APPROVAL.
BUT IT'S THESE KIDS AND YOUNG
ATHLETES WHO ARE DOING IT, AND I
THINK THIS TEACHES THEM THAT
CHEATERS DON'T WIN F. YOU'RE
GOING TO CHEAT AND DO SOMETHING
LIKE THAT AND LIE, YOU'RE GOING
TO GET IN TROUBLE.
THEY'RE AT A VERY VULNERABLE
SNAIJ THEIR LIFE TO ANYTHING.
TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL NO MATTER WHAT
IT IS, SO YES, THROW A FAMOUS
FACE ON SOMETHING AND MAYBE
THEY'LL BE SWAYED.
SO IF IT IS TRUE, COME CLEAN.
LET'S MOVE ON.
DON'T LIE.
WE ASKED FACEBOOK FRIENDS WHAT
THEY THOUGHT.
DANIEL SULLIVAN SAYS I DON'T
THINK ATHLETES SHOULD HAVE
SPONSORS AT ALL. I THINK SINGLE
MOTHERS AND FATHERS WORKING
THREE JOBS TO SUPPORT THEIR
FAMILIES SHOULD HAVE SPONSORS.
THAT'S NOT A BAD THING.
SLOPPY JOE, I LOVE HIS NAME,
WEIGHED IN.
HE SAID, DROP THEM IF THEY'VE
DONE SOMETHING WHICH DIRECTLY
AFFECTED THEIR PERFORMANCE, BUT
I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE MISTAKES
THEY'VE MADE IN THEIR PERSONAL
LIFE.
I THINK NIKE FEELS THE SAME WAY.
AND RICH SAYS, I DO NOT BELIEVE
HE DOPED, BUT THAT WE LIVE IN A
DAY AND AGE WHERE WE TEAR DOWN
HEROES.