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money lead

September 15th, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Scandal-plagued athletes sponsored by Nike: Just blew it

(CNN) – There is no better sign that an athlete has made it than to have that world famous Nike swoosh attached to his or her name.

But when an athlete's career goes from "Just Do It" to 'Just Blew It,' Nike is then forced to weigh the risks versus rewards of keeping a high profile celebrity endorsement deal intact.

When the shocking video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice striking his then-fiancée went public last week, Nike made the decision to drop Rice.

But the company still faced scrutiny.

"It took the video, huh? Not the woman beating? Nice," one person tweeted after Nike made the announcement.

And Nike could face even more criticism for its decision to stick by Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted last week on child abuse charges.
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world lead

July 24th, 2014
06:08 PM ET

Looters, scammers target MH17 victims

(CNN) – They are the innocent victims of a civil war. Now, the passengers aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 are also at risk of becoming posthumous victims of identity fraud.

CNN's Cristina Alesci reports.

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