Brian Flores wishes Kenny Stills had taken his concerns to Stephen Ross privately

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To anyone who thinks that coaches have no problem with players talking publicly about concerns that could have been communicated privately, consider this: Dolphins coach Brian Flores thinks receiver Kenny Stills should have approached owner Stephen Ross privately with concerns about his support for President Trump.

“I talked to Kenny,” Flores told reporters after Thursday night’s game. “The one thing I said to Kenny was — I understand kind of where Kenny is coming from. He wants to be a voice. I talked to him about that a couple weeks ago. I understand him wanting to be a voice for people who don’t have a voice. I respect that. My conversation with Kenny, I asked him why he didn’t talk to the owner, why he didn’t talk to Steve first before putting something out. And I think that’s something that we have to do more of. There’s got to be more communication, more conversation, more communication if we want to really make change. And I wish he would have done that. I told him that. But yeah, I talked to Kenny.”

But there’s a difference between taking concerns about team issues public and taking concerns about social issues public. By organizing a six-figure fundraiser for the President, Ross has engaged in an inherently public act, one that in Stills’ assessment conflicts with the public act of creating a nonprofit that promotes racial equality and social justice in sports. Should Stills have communicated his disagreement on this public issue privately?

For public figures, private conversations regarding political positions with no public component are the same as silence. Besides, Flores isn’t saying Stills shouldn’t have taken his concerns public, only that he should have talked to Ross before commenting publicly. Like Flores did when expressing his disapproval of Stills’ decision to comment publicly before talking to Ross privately.

Meanwhile, Ross hasn’t spoken to Stills in the two days since Stills spoke out. Although Ross didn’t address Stills by name before mounting a P.R. campaign partially in response to Stills’ comments, it would be fair for Flores to say that Ross should have contacted Stills before responding to what Stills had to say.

Flores ultimtely has a very good point: We need more communication and conversation for change to occur. We definitely do not need two sides shouting each other down. We need real engagement, the kind that may get people to modify beliefs on which they refuse to budge, clinging to positions on matters of politics with the same blind loyalty that they devote to their favorite football teams.

31 responses to “Brian Flores wishes Kenny Stills had taken his concerns to Stephen Ross privately

  1. No, sorry but Ross and Stills can both express themselves here publicly just as Flores has done here. To say one should address something privately through the public is just plain stupid.

  2. “I talked to Kenny,” Flores told reporters after Thursday night’s game.

    I wish Flores would have dealt with this matter privately instead of mentioning it to reporters…

  3. We need real engagement, the kind that may get people to modify beliefs on which they refuse to budge, clinging to positions on matters of politics with the same blind loyalty that they devote to their favorite football teams.
    >>>>><<<<<<<
    ….or said another way, "We need real engagement, the kind that may get people to believe the way that I do."

  4. amaf21 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 11:01 am
    Me, me, me, millennial.
    ——————————————————————————————–The cause is literally about people other than himself. That shouldn’t be hard to comprehend.

  5. Stills is an overrated and overpaid football player. Calling out publicly the guy who overpays you and had your back rather than privately seems neither particularly courageous or smart. I hear the Giants are looking for receivers and you could probably get Stills for 2024 8th round pick right now because I’m not sure he deserve to make the final roster on football merit.

  6. They both have rights to their own opinion, but calling out your employer because he doesn’t agree with your cause is rather stupid, no?

  7. I think it’s obvious at this point that Kenny Stills should stage a fundraiser of his own — maybe one focused on immigrant protection, legal representation for minorities, general civil liberties, strengthening qualifications for presidential candidates, requiring public service backgrounds for…(wait for it)…positions of public service, those kinds of things. I’ll gladly donate.

  8. Please enlighten me, what is the cause? it was about prision reform, which has happend. so what is the cause now other than ME ME ME.
    youngnoize says:
    August 9, 2019 at 11:04 am
    amaf21 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 11:01 am
    Me, me, me, millennial.
    ——————————————————————————————–The cause is literally about people other than himself. That shouldn’t be hard to comprehend.

  9. I’m looking into my crystal ball and I don’t see Kenny being a Dolphin much longer. Miami is building a new culture down ther and they don’t need this type of nonsense. Ross is the owner ..Stills is the employee. His days with THIS employeer is almost over. We all know the working class rules when you work for someone…it’s called employeement at will.

  10. Just cut this bum. If he wants to get into politics let him go work as an intern with some liberal team. He’s an athlete not a social justice warrior. Catch balls, evade tackles.

  11. BuckyBadger says:

    No, sorry but Ross and Stills can both express themselves here publicly just as Flores has done here. To say one should address something privately through the public is just plain stupid.

    joma1969 says:

    “I talked to Kenny,” Flores told reporters after Thursday night’s game.

    I wish Flores would have dealt with this matter privately instead of mentioning it to reporters…

    Please read the article. Flores said he should have talked to Ross privately before airing his grievances publicly, which is exactly what Flores did. It shows maturity and respect and avoids starting out a conversation as a flame war.

  12. why wouldnt he go to mr ross first?
    he doesnt get the notoriety or publicity if he does it that way.
    all these agendas from folks who are supposed to be pro football players is getting old.
    i dont want politics in the NFL period.

  13. Ross does a tremendous amount of charity work in Miami and the community as a whole, including social justice awareness. Ross even said he aligns with a political party for economic reasons but doesn’t agree with all issues. Stills is just going after anyone to keep his name in media, the community here in Miami is very lucky to have Ross….not Stills.

  14. Players, coaches, and owners are free to support whichever political candidates they wish. They can be public or private about it. They really shouldn’t comment on other employees political choices. That’s extemely divisive and Stills was out of line. There’s probably at least 1 Trump supporter in the locker room. What happens if he wants to flamboyantly support Trump or knock BLM?

    Stills owes it to his team, boss, and team mates to apologize for his comments on Ross.

  15. “We need real engagement, the kind that may get people to modify beliefs on which they refuse to budge, clinging to positions on matters of politics with the same blind loyalty that they devote to their favorite football teams.”

    I dunno, I kinda doubt any amount of talking is going to get Stills to budge on his beliefs.

  16. With two big cheap targets in Williams and Parker, 2 speedsters in Grant and wilson, 2 veteran insurance policies in hurns and Butler, and 3 receiving backs, an underachieving overpaid stills becomes expendable because drama has no place on this young team. Unless he can play tight end or oline. Just trade to any team for any pick rather than cutting him to go to an afc east team.

  17. Dear Kenny Stills: Don’t believe the leftist media. Trump is not racist, the Dems just make this stuff up because Trump’s polling numbers were skyrocketing with blacks. Please Kenny, it is just sooooo predictable. I can almost tell you what the headlines and editorials will say before I turn on my computer each morning. Be smart.

  18. Stills created a problem that didn’t exist before. The owner is a complex man who has known Trump 40 years. Stills doesn’t have a right to interfere in those dealings. Stills doesn’t get too deep into all of the issues with social justice. He just makes political stances at the fan’s expense. I don’t appreciate what he’s doing. He’s going about this the wrong way. We all want justice. But I’m sorry- you don’t get to force your stance down my throat when I’m just trying to watch some football.

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