Under Armour Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank gave his opinion on President Trump when asked during a recent CNBC interview, calling the new Commander-in-Chief an “asset”, and 2 of the athletes that have sponsorships with the company have voiced their opinions on his comments.
Golden State Warriors baller Stephen Curry isn’t one to normally get caught up in political talk, but when asked about how he felt regarding Plank’s pro-Trump stance, he let his thoughts be known. “I agree with that description,” Curry told Mercury News, “if you remove the ‘et’” from asset.
Ballerina Misty Copeland has also issued a statement about the CEO via an Instagram post, making it clear that “I strongly disagree with Kevin Plank’s recent comments in support of Trump as recently reported.”
I have always appreciated the great support and platform that Under Armour has given me to represent my community, gender, and career on the world stage. However, I strongly disagree with Kevin Plank's recent comments in support of Trump as recently reported. Those of you who have supported and followed my career know that the one topic I've never backed away from speaking openly about is the importance of diversity and inclusion. It is imperative to me that my partners and sponsors share this belief. I have spoken at length with Kevin privately about the matter, but as someone who takes my responsibility as a role model very seriously, it is important to me that he, and UA, take public action to clearly communicate and reflect our common values in order for us to effectively continue to work towards our shared goal of trying to motivate ALL people to be their best selves.
In light of the backlash (social media also came down on the CEO and his company pretty hard), Under Armour released a statement, explaining that “Kevin Plank was recently invited at the request of the President of the United States, to join the American Manufacturing Council as part of a distinguished group of business leaders. He joined CEOs from companies such as Dow Chemical, Dell, Ford, GE and Tesla, among others to begin an important dialogue around creating jobs in America.” They also noted Under Armour as a company engages “in policy, not politics.”
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