Under Armour’s Kevin Plank is the latest chief executive to resign from the White House’s American Manufacturing Council in the aftermath of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.
Monday night, Plank, founder and chief executive officer of the Baltimore-based sporting goods brand, released a statement saying: “I joined the American Manufacturing Council because I believed it was important for Under Armour to have an active seat at the table and represent our industry. We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing. However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics.
“I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council. I love our country and our company and will continue to focus my efforts on inspiring every person that they can do anything through the power of sport which promotes unity, diversity and inclusion.”
Plank joins Merck’s ceo Ken Frazier, an African-American, who stepped down earlier in the day following the weekend’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in which one person was killed and 19 injured.
Frazier said he resigned “to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” which prompted President Trump to tweet that the pharmaceuticals company executive would now “have more time to lower ripoff drug prices.”
Although the president’s initial response to the violence was to blame many sides for the uprising on Saturday, he ultimately condemned white supremacist groups, calling them “repugnant criminals and thugs.”
Before resigning, Plank had tweeted that Under Armour was “saddened” by the violence in Charlottesville, saying: “There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity.”
Plank, who has been on the advisory board since January, faced a backlash of his own when in February he appeared on CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” expressing support for President Trump’s pro-America stance.