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.


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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