Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the spotlight on and off camera as of late. Recently, he worked with Ford and presented a new Mustang to a hero veteran, Johnson supports the troops, but he hasn’t been shy about voicing his political ideology. The Pain and Gain star isn’t even afraid to offer a differing opinion from his boss.
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Under Armor CEO Kevin Plank has publicly supported Donald Trump for his business savvy approach to his presidency. In a statement to CNBC, he shared his opinion of Trump.
“To have such a pro-business President is something that is a real asset for the country. People can really grab that opportunity. He loves to build I don’t think there’s any surprises here. When you look at the president he wants to build things.
I’m a big fan of people that operate in the world of publish and iterate versus think, think, think, think, think. So there’s a lot that I respect there,” Plank said.
The Rock, who has been a partner of Under Armor, made a Facebook post as an outlet to comment on his boss’s opinion of the president. And, as expected, he held no punches. Would you expect him to? He said in part:
“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.”
My commitment is as real as my sweat and callouses that thicken daily. #CommittedToThePeople”
The post was met with overwhelming support for Plank with one commenter wishing Plank the best of luck with his company and to inform him that he will be supporting his brand after The Rock made his post.
While The Rock obviously didn’t agree with Plank, he did support his right to voice an opinion. How his post was received by Plank is unclear. Any tension between the two men could impact any future business endeavors, but only time will tell if they can look past their political differences and put business first.