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Under Armour responds to criticism over CEO's Trump comments

Posted at 11:03 PM, Feb 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-10 23:03:03-05

Following criticism from several athletes and celebrities over Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank's Trump comment, the Baltimore-based company released the following statement Friday. 

The statement said in part, "we engage in policy, not politics. We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and brightest."

While talking on CNBC's "Halftime Report," Plank praised Trump as a pro-business man who is a "real asset" for U.S. companies. NBA star Steph Curry, who has a sneak deal with Under Armour, spoke out against Plank for supporting President Trump. 

See also: Stephen Curry criticizes Kevin Plank over Trump comment

Actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Olympian Misty Copeland also criticized Plank. 

RELATED: "The Rock" joins critics of Under Armour CEO's Trump remark

Below is the full statement released by Under Armour:

At Under Armour, our culture has always been about optimism, teamwork, and unity.  We have engaged with both the prior and the current administrations in advocating on business issues that we believe are in the best interests of our consumers, teammates, and shareholders. Kevin Plank was recently invited at the request of the President of the United States, to join the American Manufacturing Council as part of a distinguished group of business leaders. He joined CEOs from companies such as Dow Chemical, Dell, Ford, GE and Tesla, among others to begin an important dialogue around creating jobs in America. We believe it is important for Under Armour to be a part of that discussion. 

We have always been committed to developing innovative ways to support and invest in American jobs and manufacturing.  For years, Under Armour has had a long-term strategy for domestic manufacturing and we recently launched our first women's collection made in our hometown of Baltimore, MD. We are incredibly proud of this important first step in the evolution of creating more jobs at home. 

We engage in policy, not politics. We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and the brightest and those seeking opportunity in the great tradition of our country, and tax reform that drives hiring to help create new jobs globally, across America and in Baltimore.

We have teammates from different religions, races, nationalities, genders and sexual orientations; different ages, life experiences and opinions. This is the core of our company. At Under Armour, our diversity is our strength, and we will continue to advocate for policies that Protect Our House, our business, our team, and our community.

These are not new or revised values. This is what we believe. Under Armour and Kevin Plank are for job creation and American manufacturing capability. We believe building should be focused on much needed education, transportation, technology and urban infrastructure investment.  We are against a travel ban and believe that immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies based in America like Under Armour.

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