Nike Is On The Verge Of Dropping Manny Pacquiao From His Endorsement Deal For His Thoughts On Homosexuality
LBS- Manny Pacquiao has long taken a strong stance against gay marriage, but his latest remarks about the topic could cost him a major endorsement deal.
TMZ reports that Nike is discussing the possibility of cutting ties with Pacquiao in the wake of the boxing star’s disturbing rant about same-sex marriage. In an interview in his native country of the Philippines, Pacquiao said allowing same-sex marriage would make us worse than animals. You can read the full quotes here.
While no official decision has been made yet from Nike, TMZ notes that the sports apparel juggernaut appears to have removed all traces of Pacquiao from its website. A divorce appears inevitable.
This is why you just have to love Nike. Not only do they make a good product, but they are run by good people. Good people that just can't stand to associate themselves with a person that hates gays. That's all this is, just Nike putting their foot down and their conscience first. It has nothing to do with money. It's all about standing up for what is right. They probably didn't even know that Manny Pacquiao has been openly defiant of homosexuality for years. That sneaky little Filipino has been lining his pockets with the Nike's "hard earned" wealth under false pretenses since he came on board. Manny might be the one losing out on millions of dollars, but if there is a victim here it's the multibillion dollar corporation that has been taken advantage of by an ignorant athlete with antiquated beliefs that he has done such a great job of keeping close to the vest.
Like I said yesterday, I refuse to get upset with Manny Pacquiao for believing that homosexuals are a lesser life form than house cats. Not because that's a respectable opinion to hold in 2016, but because he lives in the Philippines and therefore he doesn't yet live in 2016. I am, however, upset with his decision to jeopardize the reputation of his homeland by publicizing their third world ideals. How could he use the widespread beliefs of his less fortunate countrymen to push his prejudice agenda? Concerning himself only with his selfish need to be forthcoming and not worrying about the well being of his poverty-stricken peers? Thank God Nike was able to step in and put a stop to this exploitation before anymore overworked, under-compensated people were taken advantage of by someone that's in far better financial standing than them. Sometimes it's just nice to know that there are still businesses out there with ethics and integrity.