Foot Locker has distanced itself from Manny Pacquiao, following the Filipino boxer’s derogatory remarks about LGBT people.
As reported by Gay Star Business, Foot Locker – which had a commercial involving Pacquiao that aired last year – said that they are no longer in contract with the boxer and that they have no plans to work with him again.
“Foot Locker worked with Manny Pacquiao briefly and we are no longer in contract with him and have no plans to work with him,” a spokesperson for Foot Locker was quoted as saying.
This development follows the dumping of Paquiao by lead sponsor Nike. Nestle and Wonderful Pistachios also released statements saying that they had worked with Pacquiao in the past but were no longer contracted to him.
On February 15, Pacquiao said in a recorded interview that “common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mabuti pa yung hayop marunong kumikilala kung lalaki o lalaki, babae o babae. Ngayon, kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao (Roughly: It’s just common sense. Do you see animals where a male pairs with another male, or female with female? Animals are better in that they discern if a male is male, or female is female. Now if it’s a man with another man or a woman with another woman, then a human is worse than animals).”
Pacquiao, 37, is currently a member of the House of Representatives and is running for the country’s senate.