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Nike Drops Pacquiao After Derogatory Comments

By John Burns, Associate Editor
February 19, 2016


Nike, Beaverton, Ore., has dropped Manny Pacquiao after the boxer’s derogatory comments about homosexual relationships.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” Nike said in a recent 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.”

Pacquiao made the comments on a television interview that ran earlier this week in his native Philippines, where he is currently an active member of the House of Representatives and is running for a Senate seat.

Pacquiao posted an apology on Facebook not long after he received large amounts of international backlash. — J.B.