#DropPacman - Boycott Nike Until they Drop #MannyPacquiao.
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In past press releases, Nike has stated that "Nike is deeply committed to diversity, inclusion and unleashing the potential of all athletes." Nike has sponsored LGBT athletic events and conferences as well as fostered an LGBT employee resource network. Nike has also stated that they were a proud supporter of the LGBT Sports Coalition and "its initiatives to end discrimination in sport."
Yet, Nike remains associated with boxer Manny Pacquiao, a boxer who has most recently said same-sex couples are worse than animals and has in the past invoked religious language to call for their deaths. Pacquiao's expressions of homophobia and bigotry disqualifies him from being honored, endorsed and sponsored by one of the world's largest publicly-traded and owned athletic companies, particularly one that is celebrated and well-known for their promotion of sportsmanship and excellence.
We, the undersigned pledge to boycott Nike products until Nike ends their sponsorship deals with Pacquiao and removes him from their marketing and outreach materials. We call upon Nike to stand with the global LGBT community to send a strong and clear message of respect, inclusion, and tolerance for all athletes, gay or straight, as well as their fans and consumers.
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