Unfortunately, this happens. Examples include the name "crapper", which IIRC started out as a person's surname, and came to identify his invention. And how many people have kept the surname "Hitler"? Like ti or not, when people do things that are either spectacularly great, or spectacularly stupid, or spectcularly screwed-up, their name tends to become associated with their action.
If Nifong had cared at all about his family name, he would have deported himself with something that at least had *some* resemblance, however distant, to propriety. Not meaning to be rude, but intending only to clarify: If he didn't care on ewhit ot tittle about the potential effects of his actions upon his family name, why the heck is the rest of the world supposed to wither into whimperiing little gelid pools of spineless goo just because you choose to get all politically correct (i.e.: hypersensitive) about something he obviously didn't himself care about?