Nike decides it no longer wants to support 8-time World Champion boxer, Manny Pacquiao, after his latest comments regarding gay people.
Manny Pacquiao, the 8-time World Champion boxer, now running for a Senate seat in his home country of the Phillipines made a rather rudimentary comment concerning people of the LGBTQ community. While campaigning, Pacquiao commented:
“It’s just common sense. Have you ever seen any animals having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?”
“They are better because the recognize differences. If you have male-to-male or female-to-female relations, then people are worse than animals”.
Nike found no humor nor remorse for the illustriously decorated Philippine boxer, as they dropped their eight-year endorsement and are cutting all ties with them. In a statement on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 a Nike spokesperson released this statement:
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the $30.6 billion company said. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
While Pacquiao is expected to retire after one more fight this May, this comment is not bound to hurt him in the upcoming Senate election in his home country. In fact, gay marriage is still illegal in the Phillipines with no signs of turning a tide anytime soon. It is unknown whether his other endorsements will follow Nike’s lead and drop the 5-foot-5, 144-pound boxer.
Pacquiao has since apologized taking to Twitter and Instagram:
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Pacquiao tweeted. “Please forgive me for those I hurt. God bless!”
Pacquiao is currently a member of the House of Representatives in the Phillipnes. The election will take place on May 9, 2016, the same day the country will be holding the primary for President.