Written by: Dee Christopher
When I was a kid the most dangerous piece of equipment on the playground (and by today’s standards pretty much anything on the playground could kill you) by far was the seesaw or (teeter-totter as they were sometime called).
A seesaw was simply a long wooden plank balanced in the middle with a seat and handle at each end. When two children of similar weight sat on each end, it was a mindless but somewhat enjoyable interchange where on one side the child pushed off the ground and the other side lifted up in the air, your body weight brought you down and you pushed off and this went on until the recess bell range and you ran back to Mrs. Zimmerman’s class. Unless, weight was unevenly distributed which meant in my case, getting Ronald Key on the other end. He could hold me in the air indefinitely and then jump off and bring me crashing to the ground. In fact, he knew half-a-dozen ways to hurt me on the apparatus. So goes the world of endorsements. The athlete endorses the product in exchange for bags of money sent over an agreed upon timetable. This all works well until the company, let’s call them Under Armour’s founder and CEO, Kevin Plank made some comments favorable to President Trump, who Stef Curry believes has acted in a discriminatory way to certain groups of people. Mr. Plank attempted to clarify his statements saying that he admired some of Trumps actions which he perceives to be “pro-business”. Apparently this prompted the baby-faced assassin to call and spend a considerable amount of time on the telephone getting a precise accounting of where Mr. Plank stands.
“It’s a fine line but it’s about how we’re operating,” Curry said, “how inclusive we are, what we stand for. He’s the President. There are going to be people that are tied to them. But are we promoting change? Are we doing things that are going to look out for everybody? And not being so self-serving that it’s only about making money, selling shoes, doing this and that. That’s not the priority. It’s about changing lives. I think we can continue to do that.”
Curry further stated that if he was unhappy about the situation in the future that he would stand on his principles and leave. Interesting. ..leads us to wonder which side is the heavyweight on the seesaw. We’ll come back to this issue at a later date.