Manny Pacquiao doesn’t seem to like gay people very much. Thus, the Filipino boxing great just got dropped by Nike as a longtime endorser.
Nike terminated its endorsement contract with Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday after the Filipino boxer made derogatory remarks towards same-sex couples.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company 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.”
Based on Pacquiao’s comments, a spokesman confirmed that he is no longer on the endorsement roster.
“Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?” Pacquiao said on a Filipino television station earlier this week. “If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Manny did release a sorry not sorry apology note on Instagram yesterday (Feb. 16). “I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt,” read part of his note.
He still stands by being against same sex marriage, though. And he’ll be praying for the “LGBT” community he loves.
It’s 2016, Pac Man. Time to get some new, non-Nike t-shirts.