Nike has officially announced that it dropped the world champion boxer Manny Pacquiao as its endorser after the congressman’s derogatory remarks about those in a same-sex relationship being “worse than animals.”
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent. 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.” Nike said in a statement on Wednesday.
Rutgers University graduate Aries Dela Cruz launched a petition on Change.org urging Nike to drop Pacquiao.
“Pacquiao’s expressions of homophobia and bigotry disqualifies him from being honored, endorsed and sponsored by one of the world’s largest publicly-traded and owned athletic companies, particularly one that is celebrated and well-known for their promotion of sportsmanship and excellence,” Dela Cruz said with more than 1,600 signatures as of Wednesday.
Not to mention attempts of activitists to make the #droppacman hashtag trend on social media as well.