Nike cuts ties with Manny Pacquiao after anti-gay remarks


Nike terminated the boxer’s contract following his derogatory comments about same-sex couples.

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‘We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,’ Nike said Wednesday 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.’

Pacquiao, 37, made the incendiary comments in a television interview that ran Monday in his native Philippines. He’s currently a member of the House of Representatives and is running for the country’s senate.

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Pacquiao apologized on Facebook this Tuesday, according to USA Today. But he took to Instagram earlier today and posted an anti-gay Bible verse that said gay men should be “put to death,” according to Complex magazine.


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