Pacquiao later released a statement saying he was misquoted and denying he has animus for gay people. “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.”
“I’m not against gay people. I have a relative who is also gay,” the boxer insists. “We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same-sex marriage is against the law of God.”
The writer of the original story also backed up Pacquiao’s account. But some media outlets attributed the quote to the boxer.
“I sincerely apologize for the confusion my column has caused. I certainly do not represent Pacquiao nor his team,” the author wrote.
–Lance Pugmire and Andrew Blankstein
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