Despite insisting he “loves” us and after being dumped by Nike, homophobic boxer Manny Pacquiao has continued to attack lesbian and gay people.
In his most recent bigoted statement on homosexuality, the Filipino eight-time world champion appeared to support the killing of LGB people.
On Thursday he posted Biblical quotes from Leviticus on Instagram, one of which read: “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.”
Along with the picture of him and his wife, he also quoted another verse from Corinthians that spoke of the “sexually immoral.”
The Christian athlete, who is running for the Filipino Senate, deleted the post soon after, but it had by then already been liked more that 18,000 times.
Nike cancelled their sponsorship because of Pacquiao’s “abhorrent” comments stating that gay people are “worse than animals”.
He later tried to apologise, writing on social media that he was sorry for hurting people, and saying “I love you all”, but maintained that same-sex marriage is wrong.
Pacquiao told reporters in Las Vegas on Friday that he was just telling “the truth.”
“I mean I am just telling what the Bible says. We believe God and then we should honour the word of God,” he insisted.
A number of high profile athletes have come forward to condemn Pacquiao’s views.
“I lost all respect for you,” tweeted Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, “Bigoted people like you (& yes you are one) should never hold an office in politics.”
Earlier, basketball legend Magic Johnson applauded Nike for “terminating Manny Pacquiao’s contract after his derogatory statements that gay people are worse than animals.”
Fellow boxer, Floyd Mayweather Jr, who beat Pacquiao in a fight in May last year, also distanced himself from Pacquiao’s comments, saying that, “We should stay positive. We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives.”