Manny Pacquiao has been fired by Nike over the homophobic comments he made recently.
Nike issued a statement saying, “We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent.”
“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
“We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao has been with the company for about ten years. Sources told TMZ that he tried to save the deal with no luck.
During a TV interview in the Philippines, Pacquiao said he believes people in gay relationships are “worse than animals.”
The Associated Press reported:
“It’s just common sense,” Pacquiao said in the remarks posted online by the TV5 network. “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?”
Animals, he said, were better because they recognize gender differences, and “if you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
Soon after, he defended himself on Instagram, citing the Bible as his defense.
This is Pacquiao’s second offense. In 2012, he expressed his disagreement with President Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage.
His other major endorsements include Harry Reid, Nestle, Monster Energy, Sony, and Hennessy.
Pacquiao is the fifth athlete Nike has dropped in the last three and a half years. He’s not in good company.
In last 3 1/2 years, Nike has terminated contracts of Lance Armstrong, Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Oscar Pistorius Manny Pacquiao
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 17, 2016
The boxer has since apologized for his comments.
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals … please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.”