Another CEO has left President Donald Trump's manufacturing board after the furor over his tepid statements about the murderous violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kevine Plank, the CEO of Under Armour, released an official statement of resignation on Twitter.
I love our country & company. I am stepping down from the council to focus on inspiring & uniting through power of sport. - CEO Kevin Plank pic.twitter.com/8YvndJMjj1
— Under Armour (@UnderArmour) August 15, 2017
"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," the statement read. "We remain resolute in our potential and ability to improve American manufacturing."
"However, Under Armour engages in innovation and sports, not politics," he continued.
"I am appreciative of the opportunity to have served, but have decided to step down from the council," he added. "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."
While the statement did not directly mention the white nationalist attack on counter-protesters in Charlottesville, many saw coded language referencing the heinous event.
Earlier Monday the CEO pharma giant Merck also quit the council, saying, "America's leaders must honor our fundamental values by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy." The message was even more pointed as he is one of America's most prominent black CEOs.
Earlier Monday Plank tweeted from the Under Armour account, "We are saddened by
#Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity."
We are saddened by #Charlottesville. There is no place for racism or discrimination in this world. We choose love & unity. - CEO Kevin Plank— Under Armour (@Under Armour)1502721269.0