Thursday, February 18, 2016

Manny Pacquiao dropped by Nike after gay slur

Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao has been dropped by Nike after a remark describing people in same-sex relationships are "worse than animals."

On Thursday, Nike said they "no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."

"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent. Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community."

Pacquiao has endorsed Nike for a little more than eight years.

In a TV interview this week, Pacquiao, who is running for Senate in May's elections, made the comments after being asked about his views on same-sex marriage.

"It's just common sense," he said. "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals."

Pacquiao's remarks brought uproar online, especially to the LGBT community.

Comedian Vice Ganda lashed out against Pacquiao and posted a series of tweets. In one of his tweets, he said "Manny, we cannot stop you from judging all the gays in the world. Just make sure that we won't see you in hell."

He even slammed Pacquiao for being a "false prophet" and criticized him for his absenteeism in the House of Representatives.

Pacquiao has already apologized for his remarks, saying he is not condemning LGBT, while still voicing his opposition for gay marriage.

"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. 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." he posted on Instagram.

Pacquiao is set to fight American boxer Timothy Bradley on April 9.

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