Tiger Woods cheated on his wife – so he kept his deal with Nike, worth an estimated $20-million a year. But Lance Armstrong cheated in his sport, and the swoosh company showed him the door today.
It is an interesting, and significant distinction. After all, who is the bigger disappointment – Woods, the serial philanderer who spent his off-hours in hotel rooms with porn stars, but won on the golf course in a dramatic and incredible fashion, or Armstrong, who raised millions for charity, but who now clearly used performance-enhancing drugs to fuel his success that gave rise to his legend?
Interesting to see the remarks. My take is that Armstrong is the bigger disappointment as he cheated in what made him famous and successful. Of course, I also recognize that it is likely everyone else in the Tour de France was also on some sort of performance enhancing drug.
Tiger, on the other hand, cheated in his personal life. And while that might be a disappointment to those who thought his media image went beyond golf, I’d say his accomplishments were not terribly tarnished by his philandering.