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Rare is the time that you get to read a two-time-defending NBA MVP refer to the President of the United States, indirectly, as an “ass.” But this is where we’re at, now.
In responding to comments Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank made Tuesday supporting President Donald Trump, Golden State Warriors guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry made a heretofore unexpected distinction between the political leanings of his employer, and Curry himself.
After Plank referred to Trump as “a real asset for our country,” Curry couldn’t help but dive in. From Marcus Thompson II at the San Jose Mercury News:
“I agree with that description,” Curry said, “if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”
It was a Twitter burn, come to life. Curry went on in detailing his discussion with the athletic wear CEO on Tuesday:
“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.”
“It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating,” Curry said, “how inclusive we are, what we stand for.”
“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.”
Curry joins J.J. Redick alongside fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry and LeBron James in criticizing the president, following pointed comments from coaches Gregg Popovich, Stan Van Gundy and Steve Kerr. The Golden State guard reportedly makes nearly $4 million a year from Under Armour, alongside the $12.1 million he’ll make this season as a member of the Ws.
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