GOLDEN State Warriors star Stephen Curry is one of the best shooters in the NBA, but he showed he can bring the heat off the court after responding to Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s assessment that US President Donald Trump is an “asset” to the United States.
“I agree with that description,” the two-time NBA MVP jokingly said during an exclusive interview with The Mercury News’ Marcus Thompson on Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time), “if you remove the ‘et.’”
Arguably Under Armour’s most popular endorser, Curry admitted he was surprised to see the CEO praising the controversial Trump, which prompted him to reach out to Plank and the latter has since explained his stand to the Warriors star on Tuesday and to the public in a statement on Wednesday.
Plank said his praise was made from a from a business perspective and not towards Trump’s controversial policies and comments that have provoked anger among women, Muslims, minorities and the poor.
“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. 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,” Curry said.
Plank also revealed in the Under Armour statement on Wednesday that he was part of a group of private industry leaders who will collaborate to help the Trump administration create change.
Curry, who has a contract with Under Armour that runs until 2024, said he has no problem with Plank working with the Trump administration. His concerns are more on Under Armour mirroring the President’s values.
“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,” he said.
Curry also didn’t dismiss the possibility of leaving Under Armour if he did not agree with the direction the company was taking.
“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,” said Curry, who maintains he was willing to make a stand for his beliefs.
“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,” he added.
The Warriors star maintained he did not vote for Trump in the last US elections and that he has no interest in politics, instead choosing to focus on his own message.
“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… 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.”