In a new interview, Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank explained a comments he done that ignited a firestorm progressing this year after they were widely seen as praising President Donald Trump.
“It was hapless that my difference got characterized in a approach that were meant to be divisive in some way, shape, or form,” Plank told Willie Geist on NBC’s Sunday Today Show.
Plank stopped brief of apologizing for or rescinding a comments he done on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” in February, when he said: “To have such a pro-business boss is something that is a genuine item for a country.”
As Plank’s sentiment circulated progressing this year, it desirous a both a protest of Under Armour and critique from a company’s fast of athletes. In a new interview, Plank sought to explain because he pronounced what he did.
“I am a almighty optimist. we trust in this country, and we trust in a event that we have,” Plank pronounced on Sunday. “I’ll always find a best of any conditions that I’m ever given.”
Plank also lamented a political environment that brands and business leaders now find themselves in.
“In today’s day and age … you’re not authorised to give a simple answer where we can try and say, ‘I’m going to try to strike this one right down a middle, and everybody will be happy’,” Plank said. “The fact is that there’s no room for that. People wish to know where we mount and what issues we mount for.”
See a full talk on NBC.