German second division club FC St. Pauli have issued a formal club statement to disassociate themselves from comments made by Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, the brand which currently supplies the club’s kits.
FC St. Pauli Official Statement
“FC St. Pauli can only agree with Steph Curry, the NBA’s sharpest three-point shooter and equity holder of our kit supplier, in his assessment of the new US president. There is no more to be said about this person. Further, FCSP would wish Under Armour founder Kevin Plank to reconsider his statement, precisely in view of the company’s many employees of migrant background, who bring many assets to his company. Because, dear kit supplier, the saying ‘Protect Our House’ also holds true for FC St. Pauli and its values,” said club chairman Oke Göttlich.
FC St Pauli added that although they have a good and trustful working relationship with Under Armour, they will not shy away from clarifying their view on any future issues with Under Armour. Read the full club statement here.
Under Armour CEO claims Trump is a real asset for the US; Under Armour release statement to clarify their position
“To have such a pro-business president is something that is a real asset for the country. People can really grab that opportunity,” said Plank.
The Under Armour CEO irritated teams, athletes and consumers alike when he claimed that having Donald Trump as President of the United States of America is real asset. Following backlash on social media, Under Armour has now issued a formal statement to clarify the statement made by Plank. The American brand noted that Plank’s comments do not endorse Trump’s views but rather believe in the President’s ability to take America forward from his entrepreneurship skills. UA continued that they are in fact against a travel ban being recommended by Trump, as they believe that immigration is a source of strength, diversity and innovation for global companies such as themselves.
“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.” Read the full statement here.