Nike Ends Deal With Manny Pacquiao After Homophobic Comments
Nike will no longer be endorsing Manny Pacquiao. The brand’s decision to cut ties with the boxer follows backlash over homophobic remarks he made on Filipino television, saying people in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals.”
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the brand 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. We no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao.”
Pacquiao, who serves as a member of the Philippine House of Representatives and is running for a seat in the country’s senate, made the controversial remarks during an interview that ran in the Philippines on Monday.
Brands like Foot Locker, Nestlé and Wonderful Pistachios have also worked with the fighter, whose long-awaited bout with Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year was considered by many to be one of the biggest sporting events of all time.