Kenny Stills is doing a lot more than kneeling this offseason

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While Dolphins owner Stephen Ross inserted himself back into and then tried to extricate himself from the national anthem debate this week, one of his players who kneel is taking his advocacy far beyond the sideline.

Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills was one of three Dolphins to take a knee during the anthem last year, and the only one likely to be back with the team next year. But rather than just trying to garner attention, Stills was committed to doing more this offseason.

As noted by Greg Cote of the Miami Herald, Stills documented his 10-city trip through the South, where he participated in a number of events designed to bring awareness and help causes near to him.

Among others, he spoke at a prison reform rally, spoke at a women’s march, and spoke to students at a leadership conference. He also toured the National Civil Rights Museum, walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge, and spoke at a Know Your Rights event with Colin Kaepernick.

“One of my biggest takeaways is how valuable our time is to others,” Stills wrote on Twitter, where he documented the trip. “Next time you go to write a check think about volunteering instead. Mentorship is the most direct route to impacting the next generation.”

While players such as Stills have become pariahs in certain quarters, he’s showing that he’s not simply a one-dimensional football player, and that he’s actively trying to work to improve his community and others in the process.

Ross has traditionally been supportive of activism like Stills’, but the mess he found himself in this week shows the thin line between the rights of his players to peacefully protest and the realities that it angers a portion of his customer base. But anyone angry about Stills taking a knee during the anthem would also do well to see the work he’s doing far beyond the sidelines.

21 responses to “Kenny Stills is doing a lot more than kneeling this offseason

  1. Too bad Stills won’t get enough press on his good work. He’s not alone. #takeaknee Get more players to kneel until more awareness and action is taken.

  2. “But anyone angry about Stills taking a knee during the anthem would also do well to see the work he’s doing far beyond the sidelines.”

    I refuse to believe you don’t know that the general public has no problem with him doing what he does outside of when he’s working, Darin. He can kneel all he wants and yell his opinions from a mountain top.

    He just can’t do it at work.

  3. But anyone angry about Stills taking a knee during the anthem would also do well to see the work he’s doing far beyond the sidelines.
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    Not really, because that’s where he should be doing it – far beyond the sidelines. You sound like you’re saying because John Doe goes on marches against meat, Bob’s Burgers should let him use some of his work time behind their counter making protests rather than just do his job, and that the customers should be happy with it – and that he’d have a legit multimillion dollar grievance if Bob’s Burgers ever protested back at him about his actions. Can’t say I’m fully on board with you.

  4. This is what needs to be happening. Not kneeling. All kneeling does is create conversation about the player kneeling. No media outlet has talked about the issues just the kneeling.

  5. raidmagic says:
    March 8, 2018 at 7:54 am
    This is what needs to be happening. Not kneeling. All kneeling does is create conversation about the player kneeling. No media outlet has talked about the issues just the kneeling.
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    Not all true – media’s covered Sherman’s surgery to both his tendons, and that’s an affected issue.

  6. Without the kneeling we don’t have this article about Kenny’s efforts. His efforts and the article being written is inspirational and may help recruit others to join. Yes. Keep kneeling ! #TommieSmith #JohnCarlos

  7. orndorf2 says:

    Too bad Stills won’t get enough press on his good work.
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    The only thing you know about his “work” is that he’s traveling around to give speeches and hang out with Kaepernick. The actual things he’s saying is not being reported.

  8. Kenny Stills is a very talented footballer, but he also has a bright career ahead of him post football in politics, if he wants it. He is intelligent, articulate and his passion for various causes is genuine – (more passionate, articulate and genuine than most professional politicians). While Colin Kaepernick initiated the kneeling and attracted all the publicity, Kenny is the real deal and his 10 city trip outlined above, is a further step in his development. He and teammate Mike Thomas have spent a lot of their free time in Miami working constructively with local police and young black communities as a facilitators to address issues and overcome perceptions. Keep up the great work Kenny.

  9. The “general public” does not have an issue with what he is doing; part of the “general public” does and I suspect that it is largely made up of people who haven’t served a day in the military or any capacity to actually fight for the rights he is exercising. But more important – and where I don’t completely disagree with Stephen Ross – is that the path to change may not lie in kneeling. It may lie in bringing awareness to the plights of others through other means.

    I have zero problem with the kneeling, and I did serve so that others could exercise a First Amendment right. But I laud the young man for trying to be more effective outside of that protest by educating across the country. The kneeling wasn’t about me, my brothers and sisters in arms, or the flag. It’s about a real issues – just like Americans had with Britain 250 years ago. Imagine if no one had proverbially knelt then?

    Nice article Darin.

  10. How about spending money to fix things up put your bank account to work if your truly trying to make a difference instead of just talking to people.

  11. Everything that Kenny says or does isn’t right (like most of us) but he is giving up his personal time in an attempt to make some peoples lives better. I don’ agree with the kneeling but I applaud his community efforts.

  12. How many of these kneelers preach to their brothers about obeying the law, if stopped do what the police tell you, etc?

  13. Don’t try to justify taking a knee and the disrespect to our flag and veterans of our country that fought to afford him the opportunity to make millions playing a game…

  14. Good for him.

    I would also say that in addition to all the good things he is doing that he included taking a ride along with a police officer who patrols a rough part of town in a big city.

  15. If only he could put some effort into catching a damn ball. With Julius Thomas gone he is the worst Dolphins that gets playing time. Every snap he is on the field is one Jakeem Grant doesn’t get

  16. I can be very excited and respect what Kenny is doing this offseason and not be ok with his kneeling during the anthem at the same time.

  17. doubleogator says:
    March 8, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Don’t try to justify taking a knee and the disrespect to our flag and veterans of our country that fought to afford him the opportunity to make millions playing a game…
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    Does this include my Dad who fought in both European and Pacific campaigns, like thousands of soldiers of color, unable to join the Ranger battalion because of the color of His skin? And since when does “making millions” have anything to do with injustice.
    Wake up.

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