ACB owner refuses Nike sponsorship because brand supports LGBTQ rights

ACB owner refuses Nike sponsorship because brand supports LGBTQ rights

At a glance, Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) is one of the most exciting up-and-coming promotions in mixed martial…

Most of this ugliness can be traced to the promotion’s owner and primary funder, Mairbek Khasiev. The latest example of Khasiev’s bigotry occurred in a recent post to Instagram. In this post, the ACB owner explained that his promotion would not be partnering with sports apparel titan Nike because of the promotion’s support of LGBTQ rights. In this post to Instagram, Khasiev referenced the brand’s refusal to work with Manny Pacquiao after the boxer compared homosexuals to animals in early 2016.

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