Steph Curry is the best basketballer in America right now. He's been MVP of the NBA the last two years running. If you don't know your sports, those two acronyms add up to one word: awesome.
But Curry just called U.S. President Donald Trump a much less complimentary word that also starts with the letter "a". Here's how that happened.
Curry is sponsored by apparel company Under Armour. When he switched over from Nike back in 2013, it was all rather a big deal. But Curry appears to be at loggerheads with Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank, who is a big fan of President Trump.
In an interview on CNBC this week, Plank talked about a meeting he'd had with the President. He said Trump, from a business perspective, was "an asset" to the country.
Curry didn't quite see it that way. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News (a newspaper in the bay area of San Francisco, where Curry plays for the Golden State Warriors), the 28-year-old point guard quipped:
"I agree with that description -- if you remove the 'et' from asset."
What happened next? Well naturally, Under Armour scrambled madly to patch things up with their star athlete and with America as a whole. The company issued a statement. You can read it here. One nice bit read as follows:
"We engage in policy, not politics. We believe in advocating for fair trade, an inclusive immigration policy that welcomes the best and the brightest and those seeking opportunity in the great tradition of our country, and tax reform that drives hiring to help create new jobs globally, across America and in Baltimore.
We have teammates from different religions, races, nationalities, genders and sexual orientations; different ages, life experiences and opinions. This is the core of our company. At Under Armour, our diversity is our strength, and we will continue to advocate for policies that Protect Our House, our business, our team, and our community."
And Curry? Well, he's still sweet with Under Armour. You can read his full response to Under Armour's statement here. Again, here's one particularly nice bit.
"If I can say the leadership is not in line with my core values, then there is no amount of money, there is no platform I wouldn't jump off if it wasn't in line with who I am. So that's a decision I will make every single day when I wake up. If something is not in line with what I'm about, then, yeah, I definitely need to take a stance in that respect."
Curry's contract with Under Armour runs all the way until 2024.