Stephen Curry gets assist from Misty Copeland and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
More professional athletes are speaking up to oppose comments made by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who praised President Donald Trump as an “asset” to America
Two more high-profile athletes have joined Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry in opposing comments made by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank in support of President Donald Trump.
Professional ballet dancer Misty Copeland wrote on her Instagram page (@mistyonpointe) Thursday that she strongly disagrees with Plank’s comments concerning Trump.
Also on Thursday, wrester turned-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson posted on Twitter (@TheRock) that he, too, does not endorse Plank’s praise of Trump.
Like Curry, both Copeland and Johnson have signed lucrative deals to endorse Under Armour products.
The controversy got started on Tuesday when Plank expressed support for Trump on CNBC, saying: “To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country.”
The next day, in an interview with The San Jose Mercury News, Curry, one of Under Armour’s most-visible athletes, took issue with the CEO’s remarks: “I agree with that description,” he sad, “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
Meanwhile, Curry’s father, Charlotte Hornets broadcaster Dell Curry, said he’s proud of how his son dealt with concerns about Plank’s comments.
“I thought it was very well thought out, very articulate. And it was from the heart,” Dell Curry was quoted as saying in The Charlotte Observer.
In the Mercury News interview, Stephen Curry said he was surprised by Plank’s praise of Trump.
“We share a lot of the same values when it comes to being a good human being,” Stephen Curry said. “Understanding inclusiveness, equality, diversity.
“Every mantra I live by, they share that. And so when you blur the lines of business and politics, there is an opportunity for things to get muddy, and that’s what happened with (Plank’s) comments.”
Plank’s praise of Trump drew backlash on social media, with many using hashtags #boycottUnderArmour and #Grabyourwallet to promote a campaign against pro-Trump companies.
Under Armour has since released a statement saying Plank’s comments were in regard to Trump’s business policies, not his social viewpoints.
“We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and the brightest and those seeking opportunity in the great tradition of our country, and tax reform that drives hiring to help create new jobs globally, across America and in Baltimore,” the company said.
Under Armour is based in Baltimore.
Curry, who has a multimillion-dollar contract that includes an equity stake in Under Armour that runs through 2024, said in the Mercury News interview that Plank working with Trump is not a deal-breaker, but he is more concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump’s values.
Curry endorsed Hilary Clinton in the Nov. 8 election.
Reuters contributed to this report.