Manny Pacquiao once again banned from The Grove over gay remarks

Rappler.com
Manny Pacquiao once again banned from The Grove over gay remarks
Manny Pacquiao has once again been banned from the popular shopping mall near Wild Card Gym because of his comments about same-sex marriage

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao will have to find a new place to shop in Los Angeles.

The 8-division boxing champion has been banned – once again – from The Grove shopping mall in Los Angeles, which is about 10 minutes from the Wild Card Boxing Gym where he is training for his April 9 bout against Timothy Bradley Jr.

Pacquiao was spotted at The Grove by management with a 16-man entourage and decided after he left that they didn’t want him back, writes TMZ. Pacquiao’s comments about same-sex marriage were cited for the ban.

“These are statements of hatred. A lot of people from the gay community come to The Grove and they have a right not to feel uncomfortable,” The Grove owner Rick Caruso is quoted.

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Pacquiao was also banned from the location in 2012 after a blog cited him as saying gays should be put to death per Bible scripture. The ban was lifted shortly after when the blogger’s phrasing was called into question.

This time a reversal of stances may not be forthcoming so quickly.

“Manny Pacquiao is no longer welcome,” said Caruso.

Pacquiao, who has been under fire following a video of him saying couples in same-sex marriages were “worse than animals,” has seen his comments condemned by his promoter Bob Arum and television network HBO, while Nike discontinued its relationship with the boxer. – Rappler.com

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