Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry has had to wade into the political fray today after Kevin Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, the sportswear company that Curry is a public face of, made a public statement praising Donald Trump. Speaking to the Mercury News Wednesday, Curry replied when asked about Plank's remark calling Trump "a real asset" to the country, "I agree with that description... if you remove the ‘et’.”
Curry further says that he'll stand by the brand, for now, after spending all day Tuesday 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." Curry sounds cautiously optimistic about the relationship, saying, "It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating," but "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."
Previously, Curry has gotten a bit political in speaking out against gun violence, and in denouncing North Carolina's anti-LGBT "bathroom bill" last year.
But not used to having to explain things that aren't three-pointer related, Curry rambles a bit in framing where he stands on this Trump-Under Armour situation. "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," he tells the Merc. "And that’s what I’ve been really serious about using this platform to share. I don’t get in people’s faces and out in the streets with a bullhorn doing it that way. 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."
Meanwhile, Warriors Twitter fan account @WarriorsWorld is trying to make the hashtag "#RemoveTheEt" happen.