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Biggest Sponsor Pledges Support

Under Armour Won't Cut Ties

12/19/2013 1:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The guys from "Duck Dynasty" are NOT in danger of losing their biggest sponsor, Under Armour -- 'cause while the company tells TMZ its not down with Phil Roberston's homophobic comments, its not willing to kill the business relationship ... yet.

UA -- which sponsors the Duck Commander business, founded by Phil -- just issued a statement to TMZ ... saying, "We have no plans to change our current relationship.

The company adds, "We are obviously aware of the situation. And his comments are not indicative of Under Armour's views."

UA insists the company is committed to treating all people equally and with respect ... even if Phil isn't.

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Karen    

I'm sick of TMZ putting defamatory words out he never said he was homophobic he said he prefers vagina to ass well I know plenty of men who does stop writing stuff that aren't true!!!!! I'm an extremely good writer and I never pursued journalism due to people like TMZ who harps on people downfalls and they stalk and badger citizens for the name of journalism. It is a shame you call yourself a news center instead of a gossip website

253 days ago
62.

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253 days ago
63.

Yemal    

He stated that he preferred women to men and then talked about how it was a sin in christianity. The only way that he compared it to bestiality was by saying that you start with homosexuality, and where will it end, bestiality? I dont see how he was in any way unfair to the gay community

253 days ago
64.

beachgal    

Didn't know Under Armour was racist & homophobic, must be owned by mentally deficient right-wing nutjobs

253 days ago
65.

joey    

Ive always found it interesting that the groups that want the most tolerance are the least tolerant of others views. Phil never spoke hate. The truth hurts sometimes though. Something tells me if Phils quoting of words from the Bible got to that many homosexuals, God must be trying to stir hearts. Maybe some will get saved through all this.

253 days ago
66.

Doug    

"UA insists the company is committed to treating all people equally and with respect ... even if Phil isn't. "

I believe Phil said he loves everyone the same. So this quote is bogus.

253 days ago
67.

JAG    

You would think TMZ journalists would back the only amendment that allows them to exist. You realize the 1st Amendment covers RELIGION as well as SPEECH. Just something to think about when you land afoul of whatever homo-fascists you meet in the future.

253 days ago
68.

wornoutmama    

What's kinda sad about all this is the part of the homosexual community that has to take the flack for the GLAAD-type part of their community. What I mean by that is the easily offended part of the gay community. They're probably at home, cool with what Phil said because they understand it's his right and know they lead a controversial lifestyle. But because of the hot heads, they get lumped up into this mess.

253 days ago
69.

OhWell    

Gays Are A Very Small Group 1.7 Percent Of The Population ,Why Should A Tiny Group Be A Dictatorship To A Much Larger Group Of 98.3 Percent As To What Should & Shouldn't Be On TV


Fact Is Gays Are insignificant,So Who Cares What They Think.

253 days ago
70.

Akondisko    

This country has become so divided..we all have our personal beliefs and are entitled to them....did anyone ever figure out that if we are at war with each other we will not focus on what our politicians are doing ?

253 days ago
71.

It's Me    

This is great another company that supports our right to free speech and won't be bullied by the gays. You can't force people to like or accept your alternative lifestyle no matter who hard you try. A&E should have thought this through before siding with the gays, they stand to lose a lot of money and some other channel will be more than happy to snap up the #1 rated show i am sure.

253 days ago
72.

freaksloan    

What he said was not homophobic. He is not afraid of them, he just doesn't understand or agree with them.

253 days ago
73.

Bel    

Thank you Under Armour. I really like this show and am glad you're standing behind them.

253 days ago
74.

TPG    

A&E will cave. Its all about the $$$ and this show is the top rated reality show in history.

253 days ago
75.

Glenn    

The bottom line? Money, of course

253 days ago
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