Manny Pacquiao’s Nike Contract Terminated After Anti-Gay Remarks

Manny Pacquiao: Nike Drops Boxer After
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Nike has cut ties with Manny Pacquiao after the world champion boxer made derogatory remarks about gay couples.

ESPN’s Darren Rovell confirmed via Twitter on Wednesday that Nike will no longer sponsor Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate, stated that people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals” in a video posted on local TV5’s election site. The 37-year-old then posted on social media explaining his religious beliefs and later apologizing for “comparing homosexuals to animals,” but he emphasized he is against same-sex marriage “because of what the Bible says.”

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” the boxer wrote on Instagram. “Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”

Pacquiao, who was defeated by rival Floyd Mayweather Jr. last May, had been a Nike athlete since 2006, but all of his merchandise has been dropped from the brand’s website. The boxer is not the first athlete to lose Nike ties: He joins Lance Armstrong, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Oscar Pistorius as athletes Nike has dropped in the last three-and-a-half years.

 

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  1. shine login says:

    I can understand a company cutting ties because of illegal activity, but because of one’s opinion is ridiculous. Especially when you consider that not only is NIKE too big to collapse due to bad publicity and more importantly when you consider NIKE’s are made by workers who are getting paid next to nothing. Sure do love the double standard.

  2. CAS says:

    AND I SHALL ABSTAIN FROM PURCHASING ANY NIKE PRODUCT FROM NOW ON AS THIS COMPANY IS RUN BY THE DEVIL . GO MANNY , LORD JESUS CHRIST APPLAUDS YOUR UPHOLDING HIS TRUTH !

  3. Bill B. says:

    He’d fit right in with the current Republican presidential contestants.

  4. thewhitejag says:

    don’t ever compare people with animal..!! think before you speak, you hurting so many people in LGBT community. what you said is disgrace and bullies. AND DON’T JUGDE PEOPLE BY WHAT THIEY LOVE ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PUBLIC FIGURE……!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Jo Mama says:

    Always so lucky when a contract star fucks up and you get a bunch of free press for firing him. It’s better than free advertising, since you got money back!

    • CAS says:

      2. Leviticus 20:13
      “If a man lies with a male as if he were a woman, both men have committed an offense — perverse, corrupt unnatural, abhorrent, and detestable.”

      • CAS says:

        “Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for in all these things the …land is defiled; therefore, I visit the iniquity of it upon it, and the land itself vomits out her inhabitants…Who ever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off (killed) from his people.” These are strong words from an Omnipotent, Unchanging God.

  6. kady says:

    he needs the prayers.

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