Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson put out a strong response to Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank’s support of President Trump via a Facebook post yesterday (via Tribunist.)
The Rock is an Under Armour partner and received some backlash as a result of Plank’s comments earlier this week.
While it was clear in his response he did not agree with the company CEO, Johnson made some important points about diversity and the freedom of speech and opinion.
Check it out:
I appreciate and welcome the feedback from people who disagree (and agree) with Kevin Plank’s words on CNBC, but these are neither my words, nor my beliefs. His words were divisive and lacking in perspective. Inadvertently creating a situation where the personal political opinions of Under Armour’s partners and its employees were overshadowed by the comments of its CEO.
A good company is not solely defined by its CEO. A good company is not defined by the athlete or celebrity who partners with them. A good company is not a single person. A good company is a team, a group of brothers and sisters committed to working together each and every day to provide for their families and one another and the clients they serve.
My responsibility here is not only to the global audience we serve, but also to the thousands of workers who pour blood, sweat, and tears into making Under Armour strong. A diverse group of hardworking men and women who possess integrity, respect and compassion for one another and the world they live in.
Debate is healthy. But in a time of widespread disagreement, so is loyalty. I feel an obligation to stand with this diverse team, the American and global workers, who are the beating heart and soul of Under Armour and the reason I chose to partner with them.
The Rock is an avid supporter of the U.S. military and recently worked alongside Ford to award a veteran with a new Mustang.