The world champion boxer and Filipino congressman has been criticized ever since he was quoted in an interview on the examiner. Pacquiao said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press that he doesn't support gay marriage because of his Roman Catholic beliefs. But he said he has gay friends and relatives, and supports their rights. I have a cousin who is gay. I have relatives who are gay.
Nike drops Manny Pacquiao after anti-gay comments
Manny Pacquiao condemns anti-gay charges, reiterates opposition to gay marriage
The interesting thing about people who target others for discriminating by way of jumping to conclusions is that they are often guilty of the same thing themselves. For purposes of soliciting knee-jerk reaction and using it to raise money, however, it turned out to more than practical, I guess. In Forbes named him the 4th most influential sports star in the world. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads. Nike is a multi-billion dollar industry and LGBT people contribute billions to this company. It is completely unacceptable that such a high-profile company should be sponsoring a boxer who is encouraging violence towards LGBT people. Tell Nike to drop its sponsorship!
Manny Pacquiao Apologizes for Saying 'Gay People Are Worse Than Animals'
Boxer Manny Pacquiao's recent homophobic rant has already cost him his endorsement deal with Nike, and now it's led to his being banned from The Grove, a popular Los Angeles shopping complex — for the second time. The welterweight fighter ignited a firestorm in February when he said gay people were "worse than animals" during a talk show appearance in his native Philippines. Pacquiao, who has made no secret of his faith-based antipathy towards the gay community in the past, faced a huge backlash and eventually made an apology while claiming his intent was never to "condemn" anyone.
Manny Pacquiao's latest disparaging comments about gays have cost him a contract with Nike. It may not be the only endorsement Pacquiao loses, even as he and promoter Bob Arum scramble to contain the damage done by a television interview in the Philippines in which the boxer said gay people "are worse than animals. I'm apologetic personally to the gay movement in the United States. Nike issued a brief statement Wednesday saying it was severing its ties with the boxer over his comments about gays. The company said it no longer will have any business dealings with the boxer.