Stephen Curry Speaks on Kevin Plank’s Trump Praise

After Kevin Plank showered President Trump with praise on Tuesday, were waiting to hear what Stephen Curry thought. In an exclusive interview with The Mercury News, Curry got political and stood by his company.

Plank called the President “an asset” to the country. “I agree with that description,” Curry said, “if you remove the ‘et’” from asset.

According to The Mercury News, Curry thought he knew where Plank stood based on his track record, and was surprised to see the comments the Under Armour CEO made about President Trump.

“I spent all day yesterday on the phone,” Curry said, “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. Based off the release that KP sent out this morning, and what he told me last night, that’s the Under Armour that I know. That’s the brand I know he’s built and one that, as of Wednesday afternoon, is something that I’m standing on.”

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Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against the Chicago Bulls on February 8, 2017 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California.
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Plank further explained that his comments were meant strictly in a business sense. Some forget that Curry’s contract with the Baltimore brand was extended to 2024, and that the Golden State star owns a portion of the company. Curry stated that Kevin Plank working with President Trump was not a deal-breaker for him, but he is concerned about Under Armour adopting Trump’s values.

“It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating,” Curry said, “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.”

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However, Curry made it clear that if Under Armour went in a direction he didn’t support, he would jump ship.

“If there is a situation where I can look at myself in the mirror and say they don’t have my best intentions, they don’t have the right attitude about taking care of people,” Curry said. “If I can say the leadership is not in line with my core values, then 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. So that’s a decision I will make every single day when I wake up. If something is not in line with what I’m about, then, yeah, I definitely need to take a stance in that respect.”

Moreover, Curry clarified that his relationship with Under Armour is strictly business (although he almost always refers to the brand as “a family”), that he did not vote for Trump and was against several of his actions.

“I feel like if you know who I am, you know what I stand for, and I can live with that,” Curry said. “I feel when you see my name, when you see people wearing my stuff, when you see anybody attached to me, that they share that same passion for people that I do. And that’s what I’ve been really serious about using this platform to share. I don’t get in people’s faces and out in the streets with a bullhorn doing it that way. But every opportunity I have to show love, to show respect, to show just that positivity, I feel like that’s my job and that’s what I stand for.”

For the full Q&A with Stephen Curry and The Mercury News, click here.

Amid more and more Patriot athletes refusing to attend the customary White House reception for their victory, what do you think about Curry’s response? Let’s discuss respectfully in the comments below.

 

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Source: The Mercury News

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14 Comments

  1. Nothing wrong with Plank being attracted to the idea of the business hopes that came with this election, but poorly-worded statement.

    “Asset” can rub off the wrong way, and can kinda implies something about they way he sees the brand’s athletes.

  2. Go Curry!! His a Real role model you can look up to,

    Try Adidas they are the BEST shoe company right now based on the number of awesome shoe releases from last year and into this year,

  3. Obama did so many things that I didn’t agree with. Anyone who boycotts a Trump Whitehouse visit is a hater. Just because you don’t agree with someone, politically, doesn’t mean you should get personal.

    1. Sorry VIC, that just shows, you aren’t in fear of losing your basic Constitutional Rights, others in America aren’t that lucky, they have something very real to lose if Trump gets his way in some things, and if you can’t protest that, we’re North Korea.

  4. Ohh SNAP!! Those Harden 1 BHM Looney is wearing.. I hope the Crazy Xplosive lows are going to have sick CW like the Harden 1.

  5. Curry needs to shut that down. Trump has made more positive changes in his first few days than Obama or Bush did in the previous 16 years combined and really we can go a lot further back than that. finally we have a president that isnt a total puppet for the political establishment and he is actually keeping his campaign promises so far! what a refreshing concept.
    Obama did absolutely nothing he promised and was a total fraud. seriously what did Obama do for black people? NOTHING. what did he do for the poor? NOTHING. then we have Hillary Clinton who was caught committing felonies as Secretary of State! but thats fine w/ these people- they wanted her to be president! people actually voted for a person who committed criminal acts in office to be the president. I cant even fathom how stupid you would have to be to do that.
    I dont subscribe to the democrat/republican facade but the ppl who vote democrat picked Hilary over Bernie Sanders so they have themselves to blame for making a disturbingly terrible choice. Curry should really educate himself w/ the truth instead of regurgitating media lies.

    1. Obama’s administration helped raise more people up and out from under the poverty line — 3.5 million in just 2015 — than any other president since the great depression. That alone makes his presidency worthwhile to me…
      “Over all, 2.9 million more jobs were created from 2014 to 2015, helping millions of unemployed people cross over into the ranks of regular wage earners…The poverty rate fell in 23 states, with Vermont leading the way.”
      Millions in U.S. Climb Out of Poverty, at Long Last https://nyti.ms/2d2bYWx

    2. Hi there, there happened to be people who have different opinions than you, don’t judge by the worst, trump is a man who is globally the worst received president in recent times, people in other countries don’t even want him there, he’s flat out built a campaign with lies and fear, he has signed orders which his own court and people are against? What has he actually done in these first days that’s helped America? He’s done something, but it has not helped do anything but drag his administration down further, he’s put people in power who appose what their role stands for…. Like come on a environment sectary who thinks global warming is a lie then demanded science is vetted by the government before results are published? Really?
      Sure he’s banned some countries for terror purposes but the bans he said would make America safe he has not done, he banned the countries that where already banned and then lied saying it’s going to protect the people when there is no history of terror from those places ????
      He spent two days talking about his first days in office rather than doing work, and then lied about it.

      Good luck mate

        1. That’s great and all, but does that actually help your country, if he said he was going to launch the nukes after he got into power would it be a positive that he actually did it? Fuck no

          He is doing what he said, the problem with what he said is that it don’t help America and it’s by and large stupid as fuck

    3. Who did Trump try and make positive changes for other than Trump? I am glad that the courts see differently, understanding that the whole is more important than the ego.

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