Manny Pacquiao has already lost the backing of Nike in the furor over his controversial LGBT comments. Now he has also lost the approval of Magic Johnson.
The basketball Hall of Famer and part-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers took to Twitter and applauded the shoe/apparel company for cutting ties with the famous boxer — in the wake of Pacquiao saying gay people are “worse than animals.”
Johnson took it one step further, tweeting that he is boycotting any further Pacquiao fights. Predictably, Johnson, whose son is gay, has received his own strong responses against his position on Twitter, with many calling out the Lakers icon for supposed hypocrisy.
Johnson tweeted: “I applaud Nike for terminating Manny Pacquiao’s contract after his derogatory statements that gay people are worse than animals. Fans of all walks of life including gay fans supported May/Pac fight putting $100M in his pocket. I guess to him their money is still green. I won’t be watching another one of Manny Pacquiao’s fights.”