Mexican boxer Dario Larralde has published a two-minute video on his social networks expressing extreme homophobic opinions, as well as quoting former Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
“Fuck me fucking gays, I have a fucking phobia … everywhere I go there’s always a gay punk watching me … Everything your community does, everything you do, everything you represent, shits me , I will never accept it. I know that Hitler was a bad person, but in that I support him. The plague gays are a pest”
In his official account on the Instagram, Dario Larralde says in his biography that he is therepresentative of the Mexican national team at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. (The Mexican Olympic Committee (IOC) has denied that Larralde is part of the Aztec team that will go to Tokyo.)
Larralde later deleted his videos after being called out and apologized via his Twitter account. Mexican actor Luis Gerardo Méndez, called for the intervention of governmental bodies in charge of sanctions and discriminatory acts to penalize him.
“It is unacceptable for someone like that to represent Mexico in the @Optional Games.” Hate speech and the ignorance of @dario_larralde can not coexist with a party that celebrates friendship, brotherhood and inclusion, and zero tolerance for hate speech. Luis Gerardo Méndez.
Conductor Iván Pasillas also commented.
“This man @dario_larralde goes beyond homophobia, he is talking about genocide, calling the #LGBTQ community a” plague “and on top of that he will represent Mexico in the @juegosolimpicos. @CONAPRED @COPRED_CDMX what is the process?” conductor Iván Pasillas.
“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.
“I’ve been fighting for more than 24 years and as I continue my ascendant career, I want to be true to myself. I want to try to be the best role model I can be for kids who might look into boxing as a sport and a professional career. I have and will always be a proud Puerto Rican. I have always been and always will be a proud gay man.”
And with that statement Boxing History was made as Orlando Cruz, former Olympian and the World Boxing Federation’s number four ranked Featherweight came out of the closet Wednesday as a “proud gay man.”
Cruz’s next fight is Oct. 19 in Kissimmee, Fla., when he will defend his WBO NABO title against Jorge Pazos. A win could put Cruz in line for a major title shot.
Canadian boxer Marc Leduc came out of the closet in 1994 a year after retiring.
Boxing champion Floyd Mayweather is squaring off against the anti-gay boxer Manny Pacquiao recently told the country’s National Conservative Examiner how he really felt toward U.S. President Barack Obama’s public endorsement of same-sex marriage’s American legalization by stating “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
Mayweather a five-division world champion, who has won seven world titles, and is a two-time winner of The Ring “Fighter of the Year” award isn’t standing for it and has released a counter-statement on Twitter stating: “I stand behind President Obama and support gay marriage, I”m an American citizen and I believe people should live their life the way they want.”.
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Manny Pacquiao, who lives and trains in Los Angeles, is probably in deep shit in this liberal city of brotherly love. That’s because the boxing champion said that gay men “must be put to death.” Really. In a recent interview with the National Conservative Examiner the fighter quoted the Bible in relaying his feelings about President Obama’s support for same-sex marriage: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.” Um. Okay. He was quoting Leviticus 20:13. Pacquiao also said: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other. It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”
Okay so some unknown Boxer is a punch drunk religious extremist. (He’s also ugly as sin also.) But now it turns out that NIKE sponsors this anti-gay piece of trash.
But wait! Pacquiao, also know as PacMan responded to the criticism following yesterday’s newspaper interview, but he doesn’t apologize.
“I only voiced out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God. I’m not against homosexuals. I have a relative who is also gay. We cannot do anything if they were born that way. What I do not want is when you disobey the commandment of God.”
Now NIKE is a very LGBT friendly company that even went on record in support of Referendum 71 which extended the rights and obligations of domestic partnership in Washington. Nike has made a very clear statement that they are in support of equal rights for all.
The Courage Campaign, which has launched a petition drive calling for Nike to end their endorsement deal with Pacquaio and we here at Back2Stonewall have signed and encourage all of you to sign and forward the link to all your friends and family.