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The Rock Speaks Out Against The Pro-Trump Comments Made By Under Armour's CEO

The Rock Speaks Out Against The Pro-Trump Comments Made By Under  Armour's CEO

On Thursday, the former WWE wrestler turned actor had offered quite a lengthy response, alongside a photo of him at the gym  to Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who had praised President Trump during an interview on CNBC earlier this week.

“To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country,” Plank said in part. “People can really grab that opportunity.”

The Rock is a spokesman for the sportswear company, and he had explained that his views are not the same as Plank’s. However, he’s decided to stand with the brand regardless, despite negative feedback posted on social media about Plank’s remark. 

“I appreciate and welcome the feedback from people who disagree (and agree) with Kevin Plank’s words on CNBC, but these are neither my words, nor my beliefs, His words were divisive and lacking in perspective. Inadvertently creating a situation where the personal political opinions of UA’s partners and its employees were overshadowed by the comments of its CEO.”

The Rock added that a company is not defined by just a single person, but he did criticize Plank for his words.

“We don’t partner with a brand casually, I partner with brands I trust and with people who share my same values. That means a commitment to diversity, inclusion, community, open-mindedness and some serious hard work. But it doesn’t mean that I or my team will always agree with the opinion of everyone who works there, including its executives. Great leaders inspire and galvanize the masses during turbulent times, they don’t cause people to divide and disband.”

 The company, Under Armour even spoke out against the remarks made by Plank.

“We engage in policy, not politics, 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.”

 

I appreciate and welcome the feedback from people who disagree (and agree) with Kevin Plank's words on CNBC, but these are neither my words, nor my beliefs. His words were divisive and lacking in perspective. Inadvertently creating a situation where the personal political opinions of UA’s partners and its employees were overshadowed by the comments of its CEO. A good company is not solely defined by its CEO. A good company is not defined by the athlete or celebrity who partners with them. A good company is not a single person. A good company is a team, a group of brothers and sisters committed to working together each and every day to provide for their families and one another and the clients they serve. We don’t partner with a brand casually. I partner with brands I trust and with people who share my same values. That means a commitment to diversity, inclusion, community, open-mindedness and some serious hard work. But it doesn't mean that I or my team will always agree with the opinion of everyone who works there, including its executives. Great leaders inspire and galvanize the masses during turbulent times, they don't cause people to divide and disband. My responsibility here is not only to the global audience we serve, but also to the thousands of workers who pour blood, sweat, and tears into making Under Armour strong. A diverse group of hardworking men and women who possess integrity, respect and compassion for one another and the world they live in. Debate is healthy. But in a time of widespread disagreement, so is loyalty. I feel an obligation to stand with this diverse team, the American and global workers, who are the beating heart and soul of Under Armour and the reason I chose to partner with them. My commitment is as real as my sweat and callouses that thicken daily. #CommittedToThePeople

A photo posted by therock (@therock) on Feb 9, 2017 at 10:36am PST

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