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Magic Johnson and Orlando Cruz blast Manny Pacquiao for his views on gay people

Magic Johnson and Orlando Cruz blast Manny Pacquiao for his views on gay people

Magic Johnson and Manny Pacquiao (inset)

Basketball legend Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson is among those to publicly denounce boxer Manny Pacquiao, who earlier this week spoke out against same-sex marriage and said that he regarded gay couples as ‘worse than animals’.

Pacquiao subsequently apologized for causing offence, but has since continued to re-iterate his stance on gay marriage, posting Biblical quotes on his Instagram to supposedly back up his viewpoint and saying that he’s only ‘stating the truth’.

Pacquiao’s main sponsor, Nike, quickly distanced itself from the athlete on Wednesday, calling his views ‘abhorrent’ and saying it would no longer work with him.

On his Twitter feed, Johnson said yesterday that he supported the sportswear brand for their stance, and said he intended to never watch Pacquiao fight again.

Johnson attended Pacquiao’s fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr last year.

In a series of tweets, he said: ‘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.’

Johnson, who has a gay son, Earvin III, is not the only athlete to speak out against Pacquiao. Openly gay basketball star Jason Collins tweeted on Tuesday that he had lost all respect for the boxer, who is currently standing for office in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, openly gay Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz posted a YouTube video on Wednesday in which he invited Pacquiao to meet him and get to know him as a human being before judging him.

‘For you to say that homosexuality is like animal sex is irresponsible,’ said Cruz in the video. ‘I am a homosexual. Are you sure you hate me for my lifestyle? Jesus said about the adulteress woman: “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her.”

‘Hear this first: God asked you to love one another unconditionally. I invite you to meet with me to get to know us as human beings first and I guarantee you will think differently. Maybe afterwards we can do a sparring session. Take care and I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you.’