Stephen Ross addresses Kenny Stills’ concerns, via anonymous source

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Earlier today, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills articulated in his own name and with his own words a specific concern regarding Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Ross communicated his response not in his own name and not with his own words but through an unnamed source.

The “source close to Ross” told Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Ross, who started a nonprofit foundation that promotes racial equality and social justice in sports, does not support President Trump’s views on race — even though Ross is hosting a quarter-million-per-head fundraiser for President Trump’s re-election bid.

“They agree on some things and disagree on others, specifically on the rhetoric around race,” the unnamed source told Deen. “With regards to race, Stephen’s record on fighting racism speaks for itself. It is possible to support someone on the basis of some things, and not agree with everything about them.”

That last part is accurate, but it’s one thing to disagree on policy issues or other legitimate planks of a party’s platform. It’s quite another to acknowledge the existence of what amounts to a fundamental, inherent flaw of character and leadership, but to treat that like a disagreement over  tariffs or taxes.

It’s no surprise that Ross is treading lightly. Merely suggesting that the current president has an issue with “rhetoric around race” would invite a “no I’m not, you are” rebuke, along with a cold shoulder, a rescission of access, and/or some sort of affirmative retaliation.  Ultimately, that’s the most remarkable aspect of the anonymous quote: Ross acknowledges that there’s a problem with racial rhetoric from President Trump, even if President Trump would never, ever concede that point.

On one hand, it’s refreshing that Ross realizes the existence of the problem. On the other hand, it would be far better if Ross and others who ostensibly support the current president would be willing to stand up and say it, loudly, clearly, and unmistakably.

16 responses to “Stephen Ross addresses Kenny Stills’ concerns, via anonymous source

  1. I just learned as part of the news coverage that Stephen Ross owns the gym I belong to–Equinox. I will be ending my Equinox membership tomorrow morning. Ross has the right to do what he wants with his money. So do I.

  2. chitowncolt says:
    August 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm
    I just learned as part of the news coverage that Stephen Ross owns the gym I belong to–Equinox. I will be ending my Equinox membership tomorrow morning. Ross has the right to do what he wants with his money. So do I.

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    That will show Ross.

  3. The attempt to diminish abject racism to a mere policy disagreement is offensive.

  4. 1) if race and diversity were that important to Ross he’d not support Trump, for that reason alone.

    2) regardless, I still find it troubling that people who support the first amendment right of anthem kneelers are so reluctant to support it for people, and issues, they find disagreeable. You support it for everybody, or you support it for nobody.

  5. This team has no room for another distraction under another new coach and another new rebuild. If veterans players can’t recognize that then trade them to a team more interested in sharing political views over a team focused on football during football season.

  6. Stills may be playing both sides of this too. As are many in the media. Keep this BS out of the game. I watch football to get away from politics.

  7. Since when does supporting Trump mean someone supports racism? It’s just a stupid tactic by the opposition to make Trump supporters look evil. Anyone can see through this…

  8. Kenny perhaps you should focus on catching the deep ball that’s been so elusive in training camp, kinda like the one you dropped in Seattle.

  9. Neither Trump, Ross or Stills are racist. Every year about this time, reports come out about Kenny Stills dissatisfaction with Ross’s point of view.

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