That was a very well written Nike statement.
Lance has to protect his Livestrong Nike foundation. If he loses, Nike looks foolish. Nike doesn't like looking foolish. And with that statement, LA definitely tapped the canvas and said "uncle". He has bigger issues to protect than those titles.
When Nike sink their hooks into an individual, bad publicity is something they don't want. The coach their people into remaining anonymous on social and political issues that other athlete's (in years past) would speak out against.
Jordan's early shoes, where little kids were getting whacked and having their shoes stolen, his gambling pursuits, Michelle Wei's failure, Tiger's banging of ugly chix. And now Lance Armstrong.