Superstars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Stephen Curry, and Misty Copeland are criticizing Chief Executive Officer of Under Armour Inc. (NYSE: UA), Kevin Plank for admiring President Donald Trump during an interview on CNBC’s Halftime Report. Plank said that Donald Trump is a “highly passionate,” “pro-business president” who is “an asset to the country.”
During an interview with The Mercury News, Golden state Warriors Superstar, Stephen Curry, commented: “I agree with that description. If you remove the ‘et’ from asset.” The company later issued a statement saying it engages in “policy, not politics.”
Johnson issued a long statement on Twitter saying: “I appreciate and welcome the feedback from those who disagree (and agree) with Kevin Plank’s words on CNBC, but these are neither my words, nor my beliefs,” he wrote. “I partner with brands I trust and with people who share my same values. That means a commitment to diversity, inclusion, community, open-mindedness, and some serious hard work.”
Copeland wrote in an Instagram post she was so concerned about Plank’s comments that she spoke to him directly. 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.