Another brand distances from Pacquiao
Wonderful Pistachios won't sound wonderful to Manny Pacquiao at all.
The brand, which was formerly endorsed by Pacquiao, has distanced itself from the embattled boxing star after the latter's controversial statement against same-sex couples.
“Wonderful Pistachios is not currently affiliated with Manny Pacquiao nor do his views align with ours,” said Wonderful Pistachios spokesperson Jennifer George in a report by USA TODAY Sports.
“Wonderful Pistachios stands firmly for diversity and equality and we proudly support marriage equality and inclusion around the world.”
The development came at the heels of Nike’s decision to split ways with the eight-division former world champion.
US sports apparel giant branded Pacquiao’s remarks against gay couples as "abhorrent."
In a statement, Nike said it severed its ties with the fighting congressman, who is running for senator this May.
Pacquiao stirred violent reactions from gay rights advocates after he described same-sex couples as "worse than animals."
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"We find Manny Pacquiao's comments abhorrent," the company said. "Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community... we no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao."
Pacquiao has since apologized for his statements, saying that he does not condemn homosexuals.
"I'm sorry for comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt," he said in a video post on Instagram.
Pacquiao said he was not condemning homosexuals but is standing by his conservative Christian faith.
"I love you all with the love of the Lord. I am praying for you.”
Pacquiao also has other endorsements in the US, including Foot Locker and Nestle.
The firms have yet to comment on the status of their respective contracts with the Filipino boxer. -- With a report from Agence France-Presse
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