The Livestrong Foundation maintains that Sporting failed to complete its 2012 obligation in a timely manner and that the charity had informed team officials that they had only paid $250,000 of their $1 million commitment. An official with Sporting refuted the claim, and Heineman released a statement to ESPN:
We were not expecting the foundation to treat a partner in this manner, especially given the tumultuous environment they have thrust us into over the past year - while we staunchly defended the mission of the foundation. Our faith and trust in this partnership has been permanently damaged; therefore we are terminating our agreement with Livestrong immediately.
All of this comes as Lance Armstrong, the charity's founder and former chairman, makes headlines for his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey during which he will apparently admit to doping. Sporting announced earlier this month that it was searching for a sponsor for its jerseys. Heineman's complete statement can be found here. In it, he says that the stadium will now be known as "Sporting Park."