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Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao Over Anti-Gay Remarks

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao listens during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, April 29, 2015.
John Gurzinski—AFP/Getty Images WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao listens during a news conference at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, April 29, 2015.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent," the company said in a statement

Nike is ending its business relationship with Manny Pacquiao following the boxer’s anti-gay comments.

“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a statement released Wednesday, ESPN reports. “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.”

During a recent interview on the Filipino station TV5, the eight-time world boxing champion said, “Gay people are worse than animals.”

Pacquiao, who is a member of the Philippines’ House of Representatives and is seeking a seat in its senate, later posted an apology on social media and tried to clarify his beliefs.

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” he wrote on Facebook in a message accompanying a video. “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.”

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