Under Armour’s CEO said a nice thing about Trump, and now he’s walking it way back

Kevin Plank (second from right) sits in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 23. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Under Armour founder and CEO Kevin Plank has had a challenging few weeks.

At the end of January, the company’s stock dipped after it reported disappointing earnings for the fourth quarter of 2016. Under Armour’s earnings per share were lower than anticipated, and the company booked about $100 million less than projected.

About a week after that, Plank went on CNBC and said Trump would be a “real asset” for the United States, hailing him as a pro-business president. It’s the kind of confident economic talk that, whether it’s true or not, makes good sense for the chief executive of a massive company that’s just gotten bleak financial news.

“I’m a big fan of people that operate in the world of ‘publish and iterate’ versus ‘think, think, think, think, think,'” Plank said then. “So there’s a lot that I respect there.”

Some big names might not be competing. The aforementioned Foster, as well as Malik Hooker, Corey Davis, and Ryan Ramczyk will likely miss out on the combine due to injuries suffered recently.

Joe Mixon and Ishmael Zamora were two of the bigger names who didn’t get invites this year. Mixon was shown on video punching a woman in 2014. Zamora was seen beating his dog with a belt on a leaked Snapchat video. Since last year, it’s standard NFL policy not to invite players who have been charged with domestic violence, assault, or sexual offenses.

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