Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills criticizes team owner for supporting President Trump

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Gustavo Carr | 11 August, 2019, 18:29

The protest Friday evening came after Equinox owner Stephen Ross - also the owner of the Miami Dolphins - hosted a fundraiser for the president at his Hamptons estate. "It's something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision".

"I am here to make sure people know where the money is going". I put it out there for everybody to see it ...

"You can't have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump", Stills tweeted, along with a screen capture of the mission statement for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. He had previously received similar threats after kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social injustice and systematic racism.

Ross regularly donates to Republicans - as well as a few Democrats - though he does not appear to have given to Trump in the past, according to FEC records. Adding fuel to the fire was Dolphins wide receiver, Kenny Still, who implied that Ross was hypocritical for supporting Trump's message. He anticipates both sides will speak in the near future.

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Stills and others have criticized Ross for supporting the president's re-election campaign during a week when a suspected gunman echoed Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric to target Mexicans in the El Paso, Texas Walmart massacre that claimed 22 lives. So, when TMZ asked him to share his feelings on Dolphins' owner, Stephen Ross, Rozay gave a blunt, but honest, answer. It's just like, 'Hey, these two things don't align. "And maybe somebody else hasn't told you, but I'm letting you know, '" Stills explained (per USA Today). It's real. Everything that I do has been real from the very beginning, and it's going to continue to be that way. "And it's going to be that way".

"I always have been an active participant in the democratic process", Ross said.

SoulCycle and Equinox also issued statements distancing themselves from Ross and reiterating their belief in "diversity, inclusion, and equality". "I feel like I'm doing God's work - all the stuff that I've done and spoken up for and stood up for", Stills said. It's never been about politics. Stills has been among a few players at the forefront of the National Football League protest movement that Colin Kaepernick began in 2016.