Under Armour CEO steps down from American Manufacturing Council

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On Monday morning, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier resigned from President Trump’s American Manufacturing Council due to concerns regarding the initial response to Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.

On Monday evening, the CEO of one of the leading manufacturers of sports shoes and apparel did the same, but with far more vague reasoning.

“I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry,” Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank said in a statement posted by the company’s twitter account. “We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.

“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council. I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”

Plank drew criticism from one of his major athlete endorsers earlier this year after calling President Trump “a real asset” to the country. Said Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry in response, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et’ from asset.”

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, another major Under Armour endorser and equity holder in the company, has openly discussed his friendship with President Trump in the past. But Brady has steered clear of any remarks in recent months regarding politics, and chances are he’ll have nothing to say about Plank’s decision to distance himself from the administration by exiting the American Manufacturing Council.

42 responses to “Under Armour CEO steps down from American Manufacturing Council

  1. Yeah, how dare Florio stand up to Nazis and the KKK? What is he, an American who doesn’t want to see our country fall to white supremacy or something? Absolutely ridiculous that he would post this article about sports apparel seen in every game, sold by the NFL, and advertised during every NFL game on this sports website that covers things that have to do with the NFL.

    Wait, are the NFL and the NFL the same things, I got confused there? But please, keep equivocating that you’re more offended that Florio wrote about politics than that Nazis marched for the right to treat me like a subhuman. My existence must be very hard for you; I do hope you’re OK.

  2. I don’t recall Obama denouncing black lives matter when perpetrators who swore allegiance to that movement ambushed cops and executed them.

    So ya, I’m not really liking the left very much these days with their dishonorable, disgusting hypocrisy. Maybe supporting those crazy alt-right guys isn’t so bad…

  3. Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.
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    Oh yeah? Heinous Acts? Just how many people were driving that car?

  4. “Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia”

    Lest we forget, they weren’t the only group committing heinous and criminal acts that day.

  5. Great Jim Brown. Mission accomplished alright. Mike and the leftists like you have all the answers and only your views and protests (which as we know are always civil) are ok. Any opposite viewpoint is some kind of sick -ism. And putting out your views through sports media, of course that’s ok. It’s America. Unless of course the view isn’t from YOUR agenda. Then it’s just hate speech.

  6. peytonwantsaflag says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.
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    Oh yeah? Heinous Acts? Just how many people were driving that car?

    36 49 Rate This

    It was a lot more than one person who surrounded a fully occupied black church with lit tiki torches.

  7. peytonwantsaflag says:
    August 14, 2017 at 9:25 pm
    Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.
    ——————-

    Oh yeah? Heinous Acts? Just how many people were driving that car?

    FYI, defending Nazis makes you the spineless weasel in every single American World War II movie that you’ve probably loved.

  8. Mike…i dislike what I precieve to be your hate of the giants,jets and bills. but i do love your unabashed calling out of the idiot in chief. keep up the good work. thanks.

  9. The alt right wingers, if simply allowed to march and do their protest, would have been a big nothing. BUT, the nuts from the left INSIST on trying to derail a governmentally licensed march…and what happens??!!

  10. I think we need even more politics! Why stop with injecting it into sports? Really, the sooner we can get babies, pets and even wild animals politicized the better. Then every single thing in the world can become either a democrat or republican and join in the neverending rage fest.

  11. Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.
    ——————-

    Oh yeah? Heinous Acts? Just how many people were driving that car?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Hey stupid, did you see the photos from the torch march through the campus shouting nazi slogans, intimidating students of all colors? Or all the rbawls? or did you realize these pieces of excrement went there to do just that? Yeah, I guess garbage like you thinks the violence comes from many sides.

  12. I am kind of confounded how this has anything to do with professional football or the NFL in general. I think this is the final breaking point where my favorite entertaining pastime of football which took me away from everyday strife and problems has become a revenue based media clickbait and polemic cauldron that has drained every single ounce of enjoyment from the game I loved to watch since I was 7 years old. I still have fond memories of the NFL before the internet,blogs and editorial self indulgence when it was just about the game. I am just pulling a Nick Nolte at the end of North Dallas Forty by refusing to catch the ball anymore.

  13. The heinous act was matched by heinous acts by the Antifa terrorists there attacking people with pipes and glass jars full of contaminants.

    I believe all identity politics is stupid, but why do you note “white supremacists” but not same from other races? Did you forget the BLM activist that murdered five cops in Dallas or the other violence that group is behind?

    Racial division is all the Left has to fight with as their policies of division have been rejected in most of the US as the Democrat Party sits at near 90 year lows nationally in State/Federal/Governors

  14. Another example of how one political movement can bring pressure on people or groups who don’t think like they do. This is censorship

  15. I’m intrigued by the double speak on both sides of this issue. I’ll use two things for my examples. Kaepernick, and the Nazis.

    When it comes to Kaep, the left thinks he should be able to say what he wants, when he wants, with no repercussions. The right thinks he is allowed to say what he wants, when he wants, but there are going to be repercussions for those acts/words.

    When it comes to the Nazis, and lets be honest, anyone who is a Nazi is a tool and should go play in traffic. But, the left no longer believes the Nazis should have the right to say what they want, when they want, free of repercussions.

    In other words, people are allowed to be what they want to be unless they speak against the left’s agenda. Think about it, the left thinks you should be allowed to be who you are and no one should question it. If you are a guy who identifies as a woman, you are allowed to be a woman and that’s that. But if you are a guy that wants to be a Nazi, you aren’t allowed? What if these white supremacists aren’t actually Nazis, but rather, they just identify as Nazis. Would that make it ok?

  16. Why would the “anti-racists” attack what had been a peaceful rally, start the riot and then the car attack?

    Why did the organizer of the White supremacist rally formerly work for CNN, support Obama and Occupy Wall Street?

    That seems quite unusual unless of course you don’t believe in coincidences.

  17. nofaceangler says:

    August 15, 2017 at 2:49 am

    Saturday’s heinous, criminal acts by white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Virginia.
    ——————-

    Oh yeah? Heinous Acts? Just how many people were driving that car?

    _________________________________________________________________________

    Hey stupid, did you see the photos from the torch march through the campus shouting nazi slogans, intimidating students of all colors? Or all the rbawls? or did you realize these pieces of excrement went there to do just that? Yeah, I guess garbage like you thinks the violence comes from many sides.
    ——————————————-
    my comment is not about defense of the white trash my comment is about the words used in this article –

    as for your comment, carrying a torch and yelling words is now HEINOUS-

    maybe you need to get a dictionary (preferably a non-hyperbolic one used by so many in the media these days)

  18. “Why would the “anti-racists” attack what had been a peaceful rally, start the riot and then the car attack?

    Why did the organizer of the White supremacist rally formerly work for CNN, support Obama and Occupy Wall Street?

    That seems quite unusual unless of course you don’t believe in coincidences.”

    Probably another Democrat funded activist protest, like during Hillary’s campaign.

    I think if the white supremacist rally happens without the opposition protesters, the whole world (outside of the liberal media) just shrugs it off and ignores them as the stupid idiots we already know they are.

  19. Isn’t this the company that has had two horrendous quarters in a row, cant sell their shoes well and planned to lay off over 300 employees?

  20. Time to call out Brady’s continued silence regarding his buddy Trump. He needs to speak out now.

  21. It’s sad when you think of all the young American troops buried in Arlington, Normandy American cemetery and many more places all over the world that died fighting Hitler and his scum and we’re even talking about Americans walking around with Nazi flags and other Nazi crap in The United States Of America. Yes they have the right, but it’s just really, really sad.

  22. Wow, he gets mean girl’d and walks away. Thankfully he wasn’t the one in charge of getting North Korea to stand down. Don’t need to add any overpriced Under Armour gear to my wardrobe anyway.

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