Openly gay ex-NBA player slams Pacquiao for same-sex union comments
MANILA, Philippines — Retired NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in major American sports, slammed Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao for his comments on same-sex marriage.
Collins, who came out as gay in 2013, used his Twitter account to call Pacquiao a "bigot."
Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the senate in May's Philippine elections is receiving severe backlash for saying that those who partake in same-sex relationships are "worse than animals."
Pacquiao, who is set for a third rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr in April and will go on to retire from boxing, has since apologized saying that while he does not agree with same-sex unions because of his religious beliefs, he does not condemn those who do it.
I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand on my belief that I'm against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I'm not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I'm praying for you.Posted by Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Collins played for 13 years in the NBA. — Rappler.com