Manny Pacquiao Suggests Gay Men Be “Put to Death” — Even After Nike Drops Him
Apparently, saying gay people are “worse than animals” wasn’t a strong enough sentiment for Manny Pacquiao. The boxing champ now seems to believe men who have sex with men should be “put to death.”
Per a screenshot captured by Filipino news agency ABS-CBN, Manny posted (and deleted) an Instagram caption quoting Biblical verse Leviticus 20:13:
“If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death, their blood will be on their own heads.”
This latest anti-gay statement comes just two days after Manny sparked outrage after ranking gay individuals lower than animals.
“It's just common sense,” he said, per the Associated Press. “Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations? … If you have male-to-male or female-to-female [relationships], then people are worse than animals.”
He then posted Biblical verse 1 Corinthians 6:9, the one about men who have sex with men not inheriting the earth.
Shortly thereafter, the 37-year-old offered a weak apology on Facebook: “I still stand on my belief that I’m against same-sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord.”
Still, the “worse than animals” comment was enough for Nike to sever ties with the six-weight world champion.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said in a statement. “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community.”
Strange how guy who swears he’s “not condemning LGBT” seems to think gay folks deserve death.