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Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao Over Derogatory Comments About Gay People
Well here’s a shocker. One day after boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao told a Filipino television station that gay people were “worse than animals,” Nike dropped the guy like a hot potato.
The Swoosh officially terminated its endorsement contract with Pac-Man on Wednesday. The 37-year-old boxer had endorsed Nike for eight years, but apparently his Instagram apology just wasn’t going to cut it.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
Pacquio’s promoter, the legendary Bob Arum, said he totally understood Nike’s decision.
“Nike is in the business of selling its products to as wide of an audience as they can, and Manny’s comments were insulting to a lot of people,” Arum told ESPN.com. “His comments were made to a Filipino audience, where same-sex marriage is not as accepted as it is here, and Manny is a convert of enlightened Christianity, which does not believe in same-sex relationships. But to people in the United States, his words can only be viewed as hate speech. If I was running Nike, I would have to make the same decision they did.”
Let this be a lesson to anyone with crazy, discriminatory beliefs and lucrative endorsement deals: either stop being stupid, or keep your mouth shut.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]