Lefties call for Nike to drop Manny Pacquiao for 'homophobic' remarks he never made; Update: Pacquaio banned from LA mall for life

Think Progress is promoting the progressive Courage Campaign’s call for Nike to drop its sponsorship of boxer Manny Pacquiao following his widely reported remarks about Obama’s newly (r)evolved position on gay marriage.

From the Courage Campaign website:

In an interview published Tuesday, March 15th with the conservative Examiner newspaper, the world-famous boxer and Los Angeles resident quoted Leviticus, saying:

If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

One huge problem: Pacquiao didn’t say that.

In fact, he says he’s never even read Leviticus.

I didn’t say that, that’s a lie… I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet

Even Granville Ampong, the writer who interviewed Pacquiao, claims the media erroneously attributed his editorial comments to the boxer.


[N]owhere in my supposition and integration of my interview with Pacquiao did I mention that Pacquiao recited this Leviticus 20:13 nor did I imply that Pacquiao had quoted such.  I have simply reminded in my column how God made it clear in the Old Testament time that such practice of same-sex marriage is detestable and strictly forbidden, in as much as God wants to encourage his people practices that lead to health and happiness and fullness of life.

He’s calling on writers for USA Today and LA Weekly to retract their smears of Pacquiao.

The Village Voice’s Runnin’ Scared blog admits the coverage was wrong, but suggests it was Ampong’s fault:

We — and dozens of other news outlets — read the same article, in which Ampong clearly credits Pacquiao with quoting the Bible passage. It’s since been modified to clarify that Pacquiao isn’t the one who made the reference

Meanwhile, the Courage Campaign is still rallying the lefty troops to pressure Nike into dropping Pacquiao. Using the #DropManny hashtag, the organization is calling on Nike to:

Stand with millions of LGBT and fair minded-people the world over. Drop Manny Pacquiao now. Hatred surely does not = Nike

So far, the Courage Campaign has shown no signs of halting this attack on Pacquiao’s reputation and livelihood and Think Progress is happy to go along for the ride. Even now, Think Progress is smearing Pacquiao for the intent of his remarks, rather than holding him to what he actually said:

The progressive goon squad at work.



Pacquiao was scheduled to be interviewed on “Extra” this afternoon at The Grove in LA.

In light of liberal outrage over what Manny Pacquaio said but didn’t actually say, Pacquaio has been banned from The Grove for life:

“Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”

We wouldn’t be surprised if this un-endorsement becomes the first of many. Pacquiao has an insane amount of high-profile athletic sponsors, including Hewlett-Packard and Hennessy, who probably don’t want to align themselves with such extreme anti-gay sentiments.

We should note, by the way, that LA Weekly has yet to actually admit culpability in propagating an unfounded story or issue any retractions or corrections.

Twitterer Davey D has been following the story, defending Pacquiao and calling out LA Weekly and others for their lack of integrity, journalistic and otherwise.

  • Pablo

    The progressive goon squad at work.


    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMT47T6KVUHXLTSAQSTB5CGSGA Frank

      What brains elected bush?

      • Guest

        i understand – you think we erred in voting for a stupid president so that means you can do the same thing? Gotcha

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMT47T6KVUHXLTSAQSTB5CGSGA Frank

          im not supporting obama if thats what you are implying? strange how im getting downvoted for telling the truth, bush was terrible and obama is terrible.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CMT47T6KVUHXLTSAQSTB5CGSGA Frank

      Wow, massive downvotes. Like im some sort of leftist, which I am not. But lets be honest, anyone here think voting Bush was smart? Get real.

    • BeeKaaay

      Naah, more like


  • http://twitter.com/BiederbeckK Kathy Biederbeck

    Once again, the left equating morals and religious principles with hatred. Free speech apparently only counts if it’s left affirming.

    • ZeoVGM

      Oh, give me a break. I realize this specific case was misquoted but if a person actually implies that gay people should die, that IS hatred. Factually. Unarguably. He does have the right to say it. And people who actually believe that all people are created equal then have the right to put up a fit about it.

      • http://twitter.com/TeachKevinTeach Kevin

        Implications are always up to the receiver, not the giver. To suggest otherwise is to place the burden of negative implications and/or connotations into whatever anyone says or writes, twisting words to fit an agenda, rather than allowing words to stand upon their own merits.

      • Dara Walker

        Well, the boxer did NOT say it… but since you’re pitching a fit over a BIBLE quotation:

        GOD said it, and as He’s the Guy who created ALL of us, He’d have the final say on who should – or should NOT – bed who… don’t ya think?

        • ZeoVGM

          See, I don’t believe God created me so that doesn’t apply to me. But why the hell should he have the final say? How about LOVE has the final say? And what about those who don’t believe in God? Why should they live their lives by something YOU believe in?

          What happened to the whole “not judging people” thing? There is so much hypocrisy inside religion, it’s quite scary. Thankfully, I have plenty of religious friends who live by the idea that God doesn’t judge people and that if there is a God, he would believe in true love between two people. Two love that doesn’t impact anyone else negatively.

          And honestly, to simply think “I don’t agree with gay marriage” is fine. I think it’s bigoted and ignorant, but fine. It’s another thing to wish death on someone (which, sadly, has happened many times in this world, even if this story isn’t true). It’s another thing to vote to ban or take away (North Carolina, California) the ability for one person to marry another person. People who do that are FORCING their personal views on other people.

          It’s wrong. And it’s damn scary.

          Thankfully, gay marriage becomes more accepted by the day and the unarguable fact of the matter is that in the next 15 or so years, it’s going to legal in MANY more states and the fight against it will be looked back at as an embarrassing fact of our country, no different than pushing black people to the back of the bus.

          • Mack

            I love my daughter. According to you, since it’s all about “love” it’s okay with you for me to marry her? “Two love each other that doesn’t impact anyone else negatively”, as you put it…

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil


          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            I hate Disqus!

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            Big_Mack1, that is exactly what will be down the road if the definition of “marriage” no longer means only 1 man, 1 woman. At that point the word will mean anything and nothing at all.

            It will be but a few years before others want to change the definition of the words “consenting” and “adult.” Then animals, children and any combination will be considered “married.”

          • el_polacko

            odd…we’ve had years of marriage equality in several states in the u.s. and in a number of countries around the world and i haven’t heard a thing about any outbreaks of incest, bestiality, or paedophilia. maybe your fears are unfounded.

          • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

            Not odd at all. 30 years ago the idea of homosexuals marrying was unheard of, yet people were working to make it happen. When you change the legal definition of a word, you open many laws and other words to new interpretation.

            Remember, if “consenting” and “adult” have new legal definitions, the acts of pedophilia and bestiality will no longer be what they are defined as today. It might take another 30 years, but there are people who want those goals achieved.

            Each time a new court case sets a legal precedent, it makes it that much harder to deny future, previously unheard of claims.

        • el_polacko

          hey, if you wanna believe that ‘god’ is talking to you, writing books, and giving dating advice, knock yourself out…that’s freedom of religion…but other people who don’t share those beliefs or who might even think that those ideas are kinda nutty are under no obligation to live their lives according to what ‘god’ is telling you…that’s freedom of religion too.

      • Guest

        ZeoVGM – HE DID NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GAYS BEING PUT TO DEATH. of course anyone who believes that should be shunned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lazy-Padawan/617242988 Lazy Padawan

    Just saw on the L.A. Times blog that the owner of The Grove mall has banned Manny from the premises. The Progresstapo at work.

  • peteee363

    the good book states adam and eve, not adam and steve.

  • http://twitter.com/TeachKevinTeach Kevin

    ThinkProgress is a oxymoron as progressive thinkers would never hate or attack someone for simply sharing a different opinion, would they? Sameness seems regressive to very principles of “progressive.”

    • BeeKaaay

      The right wing should fight to take the language back.

      How is it progress to take us back to 1917 Russia? Only leftwingwackos think this.

      True progressives want real progress – that’s the right wing.

  • Susan Reaney

    Domestic partner benefit bill clears panelhttp://www.politico.com/news/stories/0512/76388.html#.T7Pk-mm2hOU.twitter via @POLITICO So Heterosexual partners UNMARRIED are SOL?

  • http://truthbeagle.blogspot.com/ Plep

    Let’s see. If I were Nike, who would I side with? The LBGT group who supports gay marriage or the black community who opposes gay marriage and buys my shoes?

    Hmmm … that’s a tough one.

  • Grayhammy

    The left demands tolerance and is completely intolerant of anyone who does march in lock step with them.

    • http://twitter.com/Psudrozz JD

      very southpark

    • el_polacko

      why in the world would i want to ‘tolerate’ somebody who believes that some american citizens are not worthy of equal protection under the law as guaranteed by our constitution ? that’s not just a difference of opinion, that’s animus and bigotry that deserves to be shunned by patriotic americans.

      • http://twitter.com/GusBailey68 Gus Bailey

        “…believes that some american citizens are not worthy…” How so? What law is Pac promoting unequal treatment be applied?

      • Guest

        our constitution does not guarantee the “right” for you to marry anyone

      • Grayhammy

        So Polacko, there are some Americans that you will convict only after a trial, and others you will convict before a trial. Gotcha.

        • Guest

          And Asshole there are some Americans you will stalk and get personal information about and post it on the internet. Does it make you feel like a man, or whatever the hell you are? Does the wife approve you what you did? Does the other a the KKK approve.

          • Grayhammy

            I haven’t forgotten Heckman your attacks on my wife, referring to her as stupid and plastic.

          • Guest

            Ahh, I said she was a blow up, how can it be an attack if its true…keep up the lies packer

    • http://www.facebook.com/cesar.dizon.37 Cesar Dizon

      can tolerate anything, but not bigotry. the only thing i hate are the one who hates. it is time that religion should not be excuse for bigotry. they have use religion for war, extermination of the jews, and discrimination of colored people. enough is enough. human rights should be above religious right.

  • Brian C. Bock

    The weird thing is one of his spokemen is now saying he DID quote the verse.

    “Manny was asked about same-sex marriages and he quoted a verse from the Bible to drive home a point. He did not wish ill will on anybody,” Koncz told boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielsz in an abs-cbnNEWS.com report, May 16.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sam-Pooley/1409523494 Sam Pooley

      He says that he quoted A verse from the Bible, not the verse from the chapter of Leviticus. The verse he quoted was
      “God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” says Pacquiao

  • BO_stinks

    I’m glad we’re free to believe how we want to in America without thought police arresting us for our thoughts. I don’t believe liberals care about the freedom to believe in what you want, they’d arrest you for thoughts if they could.

    • BeeKaaay


      Leftwingwackos are always trying to take away free speech rights. Because with free speech, you are free to disagree with a leftwingwacko. But to a leftwingwacko, that is the biggest evil in the universe. They think that disagreeing with a leftwingwacko is worse than genocide.

  • http://drawandstrike.blogspot.com/ Brian Cates

    Reading the column by Ampong that got this all started, it’s clear it’s NOT Pac quoting Leviticus, it’s the reporter’s take on what Pac was saying:


    Since the reporter makes it plain he himself does not share Pac’s religious views, it is HE who interprets what Pac was saying to bring up Leviticus, which Pac is now saying he has never even READ much less quoted to anybody.

    Reading Ampong’s 2 columns in the Examiner, it seems to me English is not his first language and this makes some of what he writes a little unclear, but it’s still a big stretch to claim the reporter wrote Pac quoted Leviticus to anybody.

    But for the Left it’s always about the Narrative, they really don’t give a crap what really happened, so they will grab it and try to milk it for everything they can get out of it before it collapses.

    Thank God we can collapse false narratives like this much more quickly than we used to!

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  • BO_stinks

    Since when is it a crime to read a quote from the bible? This nation was founded upon religious freedom (not sexual freedom).

  • David J

    Have to love how The Grove issues their statement proclaiming not to be a place of intolerance, as they’re banning a man for life because they couldn’t tolerate his faith.

    • Taxpayer1234

      Exactly. The irony meter has asploded.

    • James Snapp, Jr.

      Exactamente. “This is a place for tolerance! That’s why we’re banning you for life!”

  • Erthwjim

    “According to a statement from Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, the boxer meant no harm by his remarks. He implied, however, that Pacquiao perhaps didreference the “put to death” Leviticus verse:
    KONCZ: Manny was asked about same-sex marriages and he quoted a verse from the Bible to drive home a point. He did not wish ill will on anybody.”

    I don’t see the perhaps in this. No where does it say it was the Leviticus verse or anything about putting people to death. There’s thousands of versus in the bible he could have quoted, what makes them think it was that one? This is people stretching the truth (not even stretching really, more like fabricating) and trying to find a way to justify their bad reporting.

    Now let’s consider where Manny comes from, a strongly Catholic society that actually has a large LGBT community, one which he probably wouldn’t want to lose the support of, but at the same time he can’t piss off the greater catholic community, so he has to play his cards right. He did what Obama did, he just replaced each state can do their own thing, with consider god’s law first before man’s… And he didn’t even say ignore man’s law.

    And how can they just ignore all the good he’s done for the Philippines and how that country idolizes him and how when he fights, even the wars out there tend to stop. He’s given his money back to the Philippines with his gameshow that he funds himself, he’s helped people when he can and is even a senator, probably one of the few out there that is not corrupt. He’s a genuinely good person, and people attempt to smear his name by misattribution and quoting out of context and then when they’re caught in their errors, they don’t have the decency to apologize or admit they’re wrong, they just go and skew things and say “well he intended to say it that way” as if they have the intelligence to be able to predict or infer what people may or may not be thinking. No personal responsibility in the US for the most part and the media is just a reflection of that.

    • Erthwjim

      Also, is the examiner even a reputable source?

  • BeeKaaay

    More proof that leftwingwackos are intolerant.

  • BeeKaaay

    I hope he sues them into the ground for libel.

  • Hutch

    I wasn’t aware that Nike made jack boots. Yep, better protect that LBGT market…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WZWKBMKRC4WW675Q6WXMOUWHCA NCR Elite

    I don’t necessarily agree with the pacman 100%, but I support him 100% The intolerance of these so-called activists is destructive. I thought it was fashionable to be anti-bullying! What happened?

  • Taxpayer1234

    The left is so intolerant that it bashes people for things they did NOT say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michelle-Hart/100001365605444 Michelle Hart

    OMGZ!!!…. The media made something up
    ….Tawana Brawley
    …. Dan Rather
    …. Duke Lacrose
    …. George Zimmerman
    …. Manny Pacquiao

    I’m just sure there is a pattern here…. somewhere….

  • constitution revolution

    I just hope this filthy rag of a failing newspaper gets whats left of their sorry butts sued off and they go under as they deserve.. .. no bailouts for them!

  • Ralph_Gizzip

    It doesn’t matter to me who Nike pays to hawk their wares. I’m not buying their stuff anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kate-Harris/100002254475873 Kate Harris

    Isn’t the mall’s ban the equivalent of ‘No Colored Allowed’? Congratulations on owning a mall Manny!

  • marine37

    Americans should drop Nike and buy an American shoe called New Balance.

  • ZeoVGM

    Haha, you’re not really this delusional, are you? Electing Bush was the RIGHT chioice? Holy crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Non sequitur and ad hominim. Those are perhaps the only two devices in your rhetorical drivel..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Non sequitur and ad hominim. Those are perhaps the only two devices in your rhetorical drivel..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Non sequitur and ad hominim. Those are perhaps the only two devices in your rhetorical drivel..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Non sequitur and ad hominim. Those are perhaps the only two devices in your rhetorical drivel..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent

    Non sequitur and ad hominim. Those are perhaps the only two devices in your rhetorical drivel..