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Former NBA player kicked out of Philippine Basketball Association for insulting Manny Pacquiao

Tough league.

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In 2010, former Kentucky player Daniel Orton was selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. Now he's looking for work after the Philippine Basketball Association has released him for comments he made about Manny Pacquiao. You see, the boxing legend is attempting to become a pro basketball player in his home country and YOU DON'T INSULT MANNY PACQUIAO IN THE PHILIPPINES.

The Purefoods Hotshots (yes, the actual name of the actual team) apparently have a zero-tolerance policy on badmouthing Manny. Yahoo! Sports reports:

"Everyone is angry at him... it is like he went to the United States and insulted the name of Martin Luther King," the ABS-CBN news website quoted [team administrator Rene] Pardo as saying.

And what was the surely SCALDING HOT TAKE that Orton offered up about Pacquiao?

"Professional boxer, yeah, okay... professional basketball player, no. It's a joke."

That's what Orton had to say about Manny after playing against him in a game where Pacquaio scored just one point. Lesson learned, everyone: when they ask you if Manny is a god, YOU SAY YES.

(h/t Sporting News)

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