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Nike dumps Pacquiao’s endorsement deal

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank

On Wednesday, Nike made the swift decision of ending its endorsement deal with Manny Pacquiao, after the 37-year old, former multi-division champion made anti-gay remarks during an interview with a Filipino TV station.

“It’s common sense,” Pacquiao during the interview. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”

Pacquiao then added, “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? If you have male-to-male or female-to-female, then people are worse than animals.”

Only hours later, after getting thrashed on social media, Pacquiao posted a video on his Instagram page in an attempt to partially apologize.

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”

Nike wasn’t having anything of it, as the company terminated its deal with the fighter a day later.

In a statement released earlier in the day, a Nike spokesperson said:

“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 is set to face Timothy Bradley on April 9 in a rubber match.

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