Nike said Wednesday it had cut ties with Manny Pacquiao after the Filipino boxer and politician drew ire for calling people in homosexual relationships "worse than animals."
Pacquiao, a member of the Philippines house of representatives, made the comments during a television interview amid a run for a senate seat. The former world champion boxer told local station TV5 that "man is worse than animals" because animals "know how to distinguish male from female."
In a statement, Nike called 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," the company said.