Report: Nike prepared to drop Manny Pacquiao after anti-gay comments
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.
Nike and Pacquiao have had a relationship since 2006, which means they stuck with him through this troublesome rant about gay marriage several years ago. You can understand why it is starting to look terrible from a PR standpoint.