Nike terminate Manny Pacquiao's contract following his comments about gay couples

The eight-time world boxing champion said gay couples were “worse than animals”

BY Cian Roche 20:24 Wednesday 17 February 2016, 20:24 17 Feb 2016

Image:Seth Wenig / AP/Press Association Images

Nike have taken the decision to end its contract with boxer Manny Pacquiao in the wake of comments he made about gay couples.

Pacquiao has since apologised for describing gay couples as “worse than animals” on local television in the Phillipines.

The sportswear giant has taken exception to his comments and have terminated their contract with the 37-year-old boxer, who has been a Nike athlete since 2005.

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

“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.”

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