KNOCKOUT! – Nike FIRES Manny Pacquiao After “Gays Are Animals” Hate Speech

Nike Fires Picaro

“Nike Just Did It” and has fired boxer and Philippines Senate candidate Manny Pacquiao after the boxer made homophobic comments that claimed gay people were worse than animals.

“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,” Nike said in a statement. “We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.  Any recent remarks made by Manny Pacquiao reflect his personal views. Nike is strongly opposed to discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of GLBT individuals”

TMZ adds to its story:

Multiple sources connected to the situation tell us Manny personally tried to save the deal up until the last minute.

We’re told several members of Manny’s team had been communicating with Nike all morning — begging the company to reconsider and give Manny another chance.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. who beat Pacquiao in the so-called “super fight” last May, when asked about Pacquiao’s comments said “We should stay positive. We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. I don’t have nothing against anyone…To each his own.”

Pacquiao, who is campaigning to move from the House of Representatives to the Senate in the Philippines, originally said: “If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”

Pacquiao later offered a weak apology, but stood by his opposition to gay marriage saying:

“I’m sorry for everyone who got hurt due to my comparison of gay people [homosexuals] to animals,” he said (via CNN). “It was my mistake. Please forgive me for those who I’ve hurt. But this does not change my position against same-sex marriage. That’s what I believe. My only mistake is comparing gay people to animals.”

Pacquiao  is training for his third bout against Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas which is currently be called upon to be cancelled.

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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1 Response

  1. Cackalaquiano says:

    ” this does not change my position against same-sex marriage”

    People keep trying to justify their opposition to same sex marriage by insisting they don’t hate us, they’re not bigots, they just “disagree with our ‘lifestyle'”. Clearly the line between sincere religious conviction and pure disdain is too fine for most people to avoid tumbling over into stark hatred for LGBTs. Bottom line: if you’re more focused on telling us we’re sinning than on affirming love, you’re probably not making God proud.

What do you think?