Discovery Communications has posted a statement today, Oct. 24, 2012, on its corporate website about Lance Armstrong. The Discovery Channel was the sponsor of the cycling team Armstrong was on when he won the Tour de France race in 2005. Discovery had taken over the sponsorship of the team after the U.S. Postal Service had been the sponsor of the team for a number of years.
Here is the statement:
Discovery Communications’ Statement on Lance Armstrong
"Discovery Communications is deeply troubled by the information presented by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency concerning Lance Armstrong and his professional cycling team. The company has had no relationship with Lance Armstrong or the team since 2007, and the findings contradict everything Lance and his management team committed to the company. As a mission-driven organization, Discovery always strives for the highest level of integrity, quality and trust in everything that we do. The report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency clearly indicates that Lance Armstrong failed to share our standard."
The statement comes 12 days after TVWeek Open Mic blogger Chuck Ross asked Discovery for a comment about the US Anti-Doping Agency’s report on Armstrong. At that time, on Oct. 12th, Discovery spokespersons said the company had "no comment." To read Ross’s reaction to Discovery’s "no comment" in a blog entry that was originally published on Oct. 18th, please click here.