Pistorius was known for keeping guns, yet who would have taken his tweet on 27 November literally when he said “Nothing like getting home to hear the washing machine on and thinking its an intruder to go into full combat recon mode into the pantry! waa.” It is now tragically pertinent.Rory McIlroy is not only the no.1 golfer in the world but he hitherto boasts a clean-cut image, with his only lapse coming when he arrived astonishingly late for his singles round at the 2012 Ryder Cup against Keegan Bradley. He made amends when he beat the American.Nike signed up McIlroy shortly after they deserted Lance Armstrong’s sinking ship. They dropped the Texan in the face of “seemingly insurmountable evidence” and claimed Armstrong had misled them about his doping history. The sportswear giant must cringe at the first words of the below commercial from 2001 they allowed Armstrong to utter.
They would go on to make a similar mistake in 2008 when, in their genuinely inspiring Courage commercial, they featured Armstrong’s recovery from cancer. Incidentally, it is unclear whether that is Pistorius running round the track at the close.In November 2009 revelations about Tiger Woods’ extra-marital affairs spread through the internet like a virus, causing one of golf’s greatest icons to issue an apology on live television. Accenture, AT&T, Gatorade and General Motors severed ties with Woods and Gillette suspended advertisements featuring him. However, Nike, along with Electronic Arts and Tag Heuer retained him.
Nike released a haunting commercial ahead of his comeback at the 2010 Masters, with his late father Earl narrating, which drew much criticism. Tag ended the partnership in 2011 but Woods recently featured in an advert with Nike newbie McIlroy.Similarly to Tag, Nike did not cut their links with Olympic sprinter Marion Jones after she became linked with the Balco drug scandal but opted not to renew her sponsorship contract in 2005.Jones was stripped of her five Sydney 2000 Olympics medals after she admitted she lied to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs. She spent six months in prison the following year over a cheque fraud trial.