Dwayne Johnson, Misty Copeland Join Stephen Curry in Opposing Under Armour CEO’s Pro-Trump Statement

From left: Dwayne Johnson, Misty Copeland, Stephen Curry / AP

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Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and professional ballerina Misty Copeland have criticized Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's recent comments praising President Donald Trump, joining NBA star Stephen Curry in their opposition to the remarks.

Johnson and Copeland took to social media on Thursday to join the Golden State Warriors' Curry to scold Plank, CBS News reported Friday.

All three are sponsored by Under Armour and are speaking out against Plank for calling Trump an "asset to the country."

"To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country," Plank said Tuesday on CNBC. "People can really grab that opportunity."

Curry was the first athlete to speak out, telling the San Jose Mercury News, "I agree with that description if you remove the ‘et' from asset." He stood by Under Armour but floated the idea of leaving the company, with which he has a shoe deal through 2024, if it adopts Trump's values and is not inclusive.

Copeland followed Curry's lead, writing in an Instagram post that, while she appreciates the support Under Armour has always given her, "I strongly disagree with Kevin Plank's recent comments in support of Trump as recently reported."

Johnson's Instagram post also took direct aim at the CEO's comments.

"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," Johnson said.

While the athletes have been critical of Plank, none have terminated contracts with their sponsor, according to CBS News.

Under Armour addressed the backlash in a statement Friday, saying that "we engage in policy, not politics."

Nick Bolger

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Nick Bolger is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from southern Michigan. Nick graduated from Miami University with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science in 2015.

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