Manny Pacquiao’s comments againsts same sex marriage lead to a sponsor contract termination.
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He posted his apology of sorts on Facebook on Tueday, as the furor grew. He’s sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals.
He’s asking for forgiveness from those he’s hurt. That’s what the Bible says according to him, but he’s not condemning LGBT. He expressed his love to everyone with the love of the Lord ending his statement wishing God to bless and he’s praying for everyone.
Consequently, Nike made an announcement dropping Manny Pacquiao. In a statement reported on Wednesday, Nike said that they find his comments abhorrent. They have a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community and strongly oppose discrimination of any kind. Aries Dela Cruz, Rutgers University graduate student launched a petition on Change.org on Tueday urging Nike to drop Pacquiao. Dela Cruz wrote in the petition that Pacquiao’s expressions of homophobia and bigotry disqualifies him from being honored, endorsed and sponsored by one of the world’s largest publicly-traded and owned athletic companies. According to him, it’s particularly one that is celebrated and well-known for their promotion of sportsmanship and excellence. The petition had more than 1,600 signatures as of noon Wednesday.
There are also activists who attempted to get the #droppacman hastag to trend on social media.
Pacquiao also served as pitchman for Wonderful Pistachios and Nestle. Representatives from companies said they don’t have him under contract currently. Wonderful Pistachios said that it is not currently affiliated with Manny nor do his views agree with theirs. Jennifer George, Wonderful Pistachios spokesperson, told USA TODAY Sports that the company stands firmly for diversity and equality. She said they are proud to support marriage equality and inclusion around the world.
Roz O’Hearn, spokesperson, said that Nestle worked with Pacquiao as recently as 2015.