Steph Curry takes shot at Under Armour CEO calling President Trump an ‘asset’: ‘Remove the ET’
Steph Curry has sent the "et" home.
After Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday as an “asset” to the country, the Warriors star responded to his sponsor’s comment with a shorter, sharper label for the president.
“I agree with the description, if you remove the 'et' from asset,” Curry told The Mercury News.
Curry, who is one of Under Armour’s top endorsers, has mostly avoided using his status as the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP as a platform for political commentary. He said he was surprised to see Plank praising Trump in an interview with CNBC and felt compelled to have a chat with his sponsor.
“I spent all day yesterday on the phone with countless people at Under Armour, countless people in Kevin Plank’s camp, my team, trying to understand what was going on and where everybody stood on the issue,” Curry said.
Plank has reportedly reassured the Golden State guard that his Trump compliment was meant in the business sense and not in regards to the president’s controversial statements that have angered minorities and policies that have affected immigrants. Under Armour also released a statement clarifying Plank's position on Wednesday.
Curry has largely kept mum on politics compared to his coach, Steve Kerr, who hasn't minced words about his dislike of the new commander-in-chief. Curry said he preferred Hillary Clinton to Trump in September but chose not to elaborate on his political preferences.
In July, Curry said "it's disappointing" that the NBA chose to move this year's All-Star Game from his native North Carolina because of the state's controversial bathroom bill, but added that he understood the league's decision.
Curry indicated Wednesday that he is more concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump's values than any business deals with him.
"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,” Curry said.“... It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating: how inclusive we are, what we stand for. He’s the President. There are going to be people that are tied to them. But are we promoting change? Are we doing things that are going to look out for everybody? And not being so self-serving that it’s only about making money, selling shoes, doing this and that. That’s not the priority. It's about changing lives. I think we can continue to do that.”
Misty Copeland, an Under Armour endorser and ballerina famous for becoming the first black principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, also distanced herself from Plank's comments in an Instagram post on Thursday.
"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 state," she wrote. "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."