The Rock Slams Under Armour CEO's Praises of Trump As 'Divisive And Lacking In Perspective'

Dwayne Johnson

The Rock Slams Under Armour CEO's Praises of Trump As 'Divisive And Lacking In Perspective'

Will the former wrestler turned movie star keep his endorsement with the company?

Published February 10, 2017

Despite their endorsement deals with the company, Stephen Curry and Misty Copeland were quick to knock Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank for praising Donald Trump.

Well, Plank just got Rock Bottomed by another UA partner.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who also has an endorsement deal with the company, slammed Plank via a lengthy Instagram post for calling Trump an "asset" to the country.

"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," Johnson let it be known. "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."

He added, "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." 

Johnson went on to state that, although he disagrees with Plank's statement, that he has a bigger purpose working with Under Armour and will remain committed to the company.

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

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The Rock's stance follows Curry agreeing with Plank's assertion of Trump being an "asset," but only if the 'et' is taken off the word, essentially calling the 45th president an "a**."

Copeland added that although she and Plank spoke privately about the matter 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."

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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