Stephen Curry became the latest athlete to weigh in on President Trump when he took issue with comments made about the president by the chief executive of his primary sponsor, Under Armour.
In an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Under Armour’s Kevin Plank described Trump as “a real asset” to the country.
In an interview on Wednesday with The San Jose Mercury News, Curry responded, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’”
Curry — the Golden State Warriors’ point guard and one of Under Armour’s highest-paid endorsers — expressed surprise at Plank’s comments, saying he had spent all day Tuesday speaking to representatives from Under Armour and his own advisers, “trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue.”
Plank’s comments also drew backlash on social media, with many expressing their displeasure using the hashtag #boycottUnderArmour.
After a discussion between Curry and Plank, Under Armour released a statement Wednesday in an effort to clarify its chief executive’s remarks. The statement said that Plank’s comments to CNBC were about Trump’s business policies, not his social viewpoints.
“We engage in policy, not politics,” the statement read. “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’s headquarters.
The company’s response seemed to satisfy Curry, who endorsed the Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the presidential election. Nevertheless, Curry, who is under contract with Under Armour through 2024, signaled his willingness to leave a company that did not align with his values by saying, “There is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn’t jump off, if it wasn’t in line with who I am.”
Warriors Coach Steve Kerr said he was proud of his players for speaking out on political and social issues. “This is a time when people are speaking out,” Kerr said. “This is a time when activism is into the forefront, all over the map.”
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