Quantcast

Under Armour stands by ‘Duck Dynasty’

Phil RobertsonSports apparel company Under Armour distanced themselves from the controversial comments made by Phil Robertson, but it is standing by popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

In an interview with GQ, Robertson, who is the patriarch of the family featured on the hit show, slammed homosexuality.

“It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical,” the magazine quotes him as saying.

Robertson elaborated on what he considered sinful behavior.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”

Robertson also made comments about how he saw civil rights growing up in Louisiana.

A&E has suspended Robertson, one of the most popular characters on the show, indefinitely. Under Armour, which sells “Duck Dynasty” merchandise and outfits the “Buck Commander” spinoff show, does not agree with Robertson’s comments, but they have not cut ties with the show.

“The recent comments in the GQ article are not reflective of Under Armour’s beliefs and do not represent our point of view,” the company said in a statement. “As a company, we are committed to diversity and inclusion and believe in treating everyone equally and with respect.”

At last check, Duck Dynasty gear was not available on Under Armour’s website.

Under Armour Duck Dynasty

Jennie Finch threw a ‘Duck Dynasty’ party, likes Oklahoma in WCWS

Jennie FinchThe Women’s College World Series is entering the super regional stage, meaning there are only 16 schools remaining in the tournament. LBS had the chance to speak with former national champion Jennie Finch last week before the tournament began. Finch, a two-time gold medalist, is currently an Advisory Board member for the Capital One Cup, which awards a combined $400,000 in scholarships to the schools that win the competition.

I talked to Finch about this year’s tournament, whether softball will make it back into the Olympics, and about her personal life. Yes, Finch is living the country life and even threw a “Duck Dynasty” party recently. More on that later.

I asked Finch what she thought of No. 1 Oklahoma, which lost last year in the championship to Alabama.

“I expect to see them there at the end,” said Finch. “They have three of their players in the top-10 finalists for Player of the Year. It’s pretty amazing to have one person on that list, let alone three. It shows you the depth of talent of their program.”

Sooners Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts were announced on Thursday as two of the three finalists. Michelle Gascoigne was their other player who was a top-10 finalist.

“They’re playing with a little chip on their shoulder having come up short last year,” Finch said of Oklahoma. “So they have the pitching and the incredible offense to go along with it.”

Finch believes there is a strong competitive balance in the sport, which is different from how things were in the past.

[Read more...]