Manny Pacquiao may have crossed the line when he referred to LGBT members as people who are “worse than animals.” Because of this, Nike has withdrawn their partnership with the boxer and claimed they are not interested in working with athletes that relay discrimination in all forms.
As reported by The Guardian, Nike released a statement last Wednesday which purports to the company’s reaction to Pacquiao’s discriminatory message directed towards the LGBT Community. The statement reads, “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, renowned Filipino boxer, was interviewed this week wherein he was asked his views with regards to same-sex marriage. Pacquiao stated, “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.”
After his statement, an uproar escalated in social media. Pacquiao followed up with a post on Instagram that reads, “I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desire of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says.”
Furthermore, Pacquiao also released a video wherein he apologized to those who got offended by his use of words, particularly when he referenced the LGBT community to animals. He reiterated that he is still firm in his belief that same-sex marriage is a no-no, according to the Bible.
In the video, the boxer said, “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.”
In other news, BBC Sport reports that the boxer will face American boxer Timothy Bradley Jr. this April in Las Vegas, Nevada. Will the LGBT community boycott the event?
Now that Manny Pacquiao lost his Nike endorsement, what more will the boxer lose after he had made his discriminatory statement? Will his apology remedy the distraught he caused to the LGBT community?
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.
Posted by Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday, February 16, 2016