Kenny Stills calls out Stephen Ross for holding fundraiser for President Trump

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Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills has no qualms about calling out the man who signs his checks.

Via Tom Ley of Deadspin.com, Stills questioned on Twitter the decision of team owner Stephen Ross to host a six-figure-per-person fundraiser for President Trump.

“You can’t have a nonprofit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump,” Stills tweeted in reference to the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, which describes itself as a “national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.”

According to Derrick Waller of ABC 7, the Ross fundraiser in the Hamptons will provide lunch, a photo, and a private roundtable in exchange for a contribution of $250,000.

Stills has emerged as not only a great player but a committed and conscientious citizen. He’s due to make $7.975 million this year in salary from Ross, which makes Stills’ willingness to speak his mind even more admirable.

And before telling him to stick to sports, the Ross nonprofit has specifically been crafted to “eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations” in sports. Stills’ point is that he believes it’s impossible to harmonize those objectives with the policies and practices of the current President — and as a member of the sports community Stills has every right to say it.

37 responses to “Kenny Stills calls out Stephen Ross for holding fundraiser for President Trump

  1. He is your boss Kenny – he can do whatever he wants. You aren’t signing his paycheck so fall back and know your role. Once you own an NFL team you can make the calls – now not so much.

  2. I am fine with Ross holding a fund raiser for whomever and I am fine with one of the players calling him out on it. It’s a democracy and no violence was involved.

  3. Kenny still is a great player? 2018 Receptions: 37th tied for 108th. Yards:553 tied for 80th. Tds: 6. Tied for 22nd. I know you’re a hardcore left winger, so you’ll stick up for anyone who fits your agenda, but Stills is not great, statistically. He’s okay. If he wants to protest, that’s fine. His boss is a friend of our President and he can do as he pleases with his money and it’s no one’s business. The kneeling hasn’t changed anything, but that’s cool he’s doing something off the field unlike most of the kneelers.

  4. This article is confusing. Is the $250k ticket raising money for the charity organization, or for Trump’s campaign? I’m assuming it’s for Trump’s campaign, and therefore Stills has his right to his opinion, but I don’t see what the conflict is. Ross is a billionaire business guy, and Trump has made a lot of money for those people. Have you seen what’s happened to the economy since Trump got in office? Of course Ross is going to support that. Side note. Kenny Stills is maybe slightly above average. Certainly not great.

  5. And before telling him to stick to sports, the Ross nonprofit has specifically been crafted to “eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations” in sports. Stills’ point is that he believes it’s impossible to harmonize those objectives with the policies and practices of the current President — and as a member of the sports community Stills has every right to say it.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Maybe Ross chose to believe the truth rather than the focus group tested talking points the media says but never proves every day. There is no proof of racism but there are an awful lot of deceitful accusations of racism. The “good people” and “Mexicans are rapists” narratives are completely made up by the media and unless you look for yourselves you will believe the BS on all the stations. That’s your fault not Trump’s. I find it odd that Stills’ entire activist platform is based on helping minorities yet he despises the one POTUS in the last 5 decades who has actually done something to make a difference to them.

  6. Last I checked, it was a free country. The owner can do whatever he wants. If you don’t like it, you can quit, or retire, or start your own league.

  7. pftcensorsrliberalpukes says:
    August 7, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    Last I checked, it was a free country. The owner can do whatever he wants. If you don’t like it, you can quit, or retire, or start your own league.
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    You seem to contradict yourself. You imply that Still’s is not free to express his disposal.
    Which is really all Stills did was express his disapproval. Is this not a free country for those that see things different from your POV? Are you implying it’s a free country as long as you see it my way?

    I’m simply asking.

  8. These owners are all scam artists. They set up these fake foundations to take advantage of tax breaks and the goodwill that comes from touting the great things they’re doing with these fake entities with their bold mission statements. Meanwhile they’re still being horrible people in the background and hoping they don’t get exposed for being the grifters that they are.

  9. Racial issues and partisan politics aside, these sorts of political fundraisers should be illegal. When are we going to tire of allowing the wealthy to buy their positions of power while most of us work multiple jobs just to survive?

  10. Both are entitled to their opinion. And, Ross is free to cut him (he’d be picked up in a NY minute).But, let’s stop with the “Shut Up and Play ball” rhetoric. We are living in unusual times. Guys get to speak out. If it bothers you that much, you can alway stop watching.

  11. Everyone has a right to an Opinion, however that doesn’t absolve you of the consequences airing it can bring

  12. I have respect for Stills, but have none for Ross. IMO, his “organization” appears to just simply be a tax avoidance scheme, because no actual organization with that meaningful of a mission would host a fundraiser for that individual occupying the White House.

  13. Don’t really know or care about Ross’ political views. I do know he is a crappy owner.

  14. TheDPR says:
    August 7, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    Racial issues and partisan politics aside, these sorts of political fundraisers should be illegal. When are we going to tire of allowing the wealthy to buy their positions of power while most of us work multiple jobs just to survive?

    As long as it happens on both sides of the table. Just as these fundraisers happen on both sides. Other than that their is ample jobs out there for anyone to educate themselves to go obtain. The jobs outnumber the unemployed for the first time in about 30 years so with the proper attitude, drive, and education one can advance themselves by earning it instead of asking for the minimum wage for unskilled work to be advanced to a level that makes having worked and learning a skill useless for those that do.

  15. Can’t just cut him… You have to get a return. Giants need a receiver and we need? List too long but you get the idea.

  16. “I am fine with Ross holding a fund raiser for whomever and I am fine with one of the players calling him out on it. It’s a democracy and no violence was involved.”

    The best response on here.

  17. “Politics in sports is only bad if you disagree with the stand the person is taking.”

    Its bad in sports no matter what position you like

  18. Well, most people believe that they’re the only ones allowed to have a point of view, and any outside perspective is evil. So this isn’t surprising.

  19. Not a great player. The word great is overused. By NFL Receiver standards, he is average, at best.

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