Nike Drops Sponsorship With Manny Pacquiao Due To Anti-Gay Comments

Nike Drops Sponsorship With Manny Pacquiao Due To Anti-Gay Comments
Nike Drops Sponsorship With Manny Pacquiao Due To Anti-Gay Comments 
BHR Hollywood Reports.............Manny Pacquiao is not backing down from his stance against homosexuality.

Nike has terminated its relationship with Manny Pacquiao, the champion boxer who is campaigning for the Senate in the Philippines, one day after he publicly apologized for calling people in gay relationships “worse than animals” during an interview with a local broadcaster.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike said in a statement. 

“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.

“We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”

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Pacquiao, 37, a born-again Christian and second-term congressman in the Philippines, had a lucrative sponsorship deal with Nike for many years, but by Wednesday night the company had removed all of his branded merchandise from its online store.

Outrage over Pacquiao’s remarks began to spread on Monday, when a video of him criticizing gay people during an interview with TV5, a Philippine network, was shared widely online.

“It’s common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex?” he said in the interview. 

“Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals.”

"It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?" Pacquiao answered.
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"The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals."

He apologized for his statement earlier this week but stood by his views.

"I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals," he 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."

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