Misty Copeland is not pleased about Under Armour’s public support for President Donald Trump.
Earlier this week, founder Kevin Plank suggested during an interview with CNBC that Trump “is highly passionate. To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country. People can really grab that opportunity.”
Following the shocking remarks, Copeland, just one of several Under Armour sponsored athletes, used Instagram to share her disappointment with Plank’s comments.
“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,” she wrote.
Copland explained, “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.”
The 34-year-old did not specify whether or not she will continue her relationship with the brand, but she did reveal that “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.”
Misty is not the only sponsored athlete to speak out about UA’s praise for Trump. Steph Curry, one of the best shooters in the NBA and 2016 league MVP, told The Mercury News that he “agrees” with the description of Trump being an “asset,” but only “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
The Golden State Warriors guard explained that he “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.”
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also suggested Plank’s comments were “divisive and lacking in perspective.”
On Friday morning, after being berated for their political stance, UA released a statement via their website and denounced Trump’s travel ban. “We are against a travel ban and believe that immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies based in America like Under Armour,” the statement read.
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