|Manny Pacquiao and wife in Semarang. © 2015 Merdeka|
"Nike is very opposed to all forms of discrimination and has always supported the rights of the LGBT community in the world," referring to the press statement of Nike, told Aljazeera on Thursday (18/2).
Nike spokesman assess boxer greeting familiarly called Pacman was very hateful. Inappropriate ejected from the figure of an athlete who became a role model of many people.
Not explained, how the value of advertising contracts given to Pacquiao Nike. However, on a rough estimate, last year the pride of the Filipino boxer raked USD 12 billion just from advertising or similar Nike sponsorship money.
37-year-old athlete controversy began last week. Pacquiao plans to go forward as a candidate member of the Philippine Senate representing the province of Sarangani, following a talk show on TV5. In the middle of the show, she asked for opinions about the legalization of same-sex marriage.
"It's a matter of common sense. Take a look at nature, are there animals in pairs among fellow male or female? So when there is a married man kind, meaning that he is worse than an animal," said Pacman at the time.
Before long, LGBT activists and celebrities who came to fame in the Philippines-yack attack Pacquiao through social media. The boxer then issued an apology in Tagalog.
"I love LGBT comrades, I apologize for comparing homosexuals with animals," he said via video on personal Facebook page.
"But I stick to my initial stance that opposes same-sex marriage because it is clearly condemned in the Bible."(ard)