MSNBC anchor Stephanie Ruhle’s relationship with Beneath Armour CEO Kevin Plank raised eyebrows when a Wall Avenue Journal report Thursday detailed the cable information host’s alleged affair — together with all the things from allegedly utilizing NBC Information to run injury management for Beneath Armour to providing recommendation on coping with President Trump.
The report by Khadeeja Safdar headlined, “Meet Beneath Armour CEO’s Uncommon Adviser: An MSNBC Anchor,” particulars Ruhle’s relationship with the exercise gear honcho that features flying on his non-public jet and providing her experience on a wide range of enterprise points.
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“Ruhle’s involvement on the Baltimore firm was uncommon and problematic,” the Journal reported, citing present and former Beneath Armour executives and “others accustomed to the matter.”
The report famous that staff had been “not sure how you can deal with her suggestions as a result of many individuals believed she was romantically concerned” with the married Plank. Nonetheless, the Journal report is rife with varied types of denial by the Beneath Armour spokesperson relating to whether or not or not Ruhle performed a task in enterprise selections on the firm.
“Mr. Plank and Ms. Ruhle are buddies,” an Beneath Armor spokesperson instructed the Journal. “The concept that Mr. Plank uniquely listens to anybody particular person is absurd.”
MSNBC didn’t instantly reply when requested for remark.
Ruhle, a banker-turned-cable information host who can also be married, reportedly ruffled feathers inside the board of Plank’s firm.
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“Plank’s relationship with Ms. Ruhle was dropped at the eye of the Beneath Armour board after the corporate uncovered emails that confirmed an intimate relationship between them,” the Journal reported. “The board requested Mr. Plank concerning the nature of the connection and whether or not firm belongings had been used, these folks mentioned. Mr. Plank instructed administrators that it was a non-public matter and that no firm funds had been spent, they mentioned. It couldn’t be decided if the board took additional motion.”
The report claims that the MSNBC host provided recommendation to Plank on a vital 2016 public relations debacle. The report states Plank hearken to Ruhle as a substitute of his personal administration when Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry’s signature sneaker was broadly mocked on social media.
“Beneath Armour staff needed to react on social media within the first 24 hours, however had been requested to carry off on addressing the difficulty publicly as a result of Ms. Ruhle mentioned she would step in and talk about the footwear on TV,” the Journal reported. “Ruhle mentioned the footwear that weekend on an NBC present.”
The Beneath Armour spokesperson instructed the Journal that “to counsel that we waited to reply for a selected reporter is ridiculous” and that the corporate “wasted no time in defending our model.”
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The report additionally examines Plank’s use of a $166,667-per month non-public jet that was reportedly used to move him, the MSNBC host and others across the globe.
Ruhle has been an outspoken critic of the president as a key determine on the liberal MSNBC.
“She additionally gave recommendation on how he ought to interact with President Trump in 2017 that was at odds with some executives who urged Mr. Plank to maintain his distance,” the Journal reported.