CEO of RISE wishes Stephen Ross hadn’t hosted fundraiser for the President

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Kenny Stills isn’t the only Stephen Ross employee to publicly question with Ross this week.

Like the receiver who plays for the football team Ross owns, the CEO of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality disagrees with the decision of the nonprofit’s founder to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

“This is a decision I personally wish Steve had not made,” Diahann Billings-Burford told Jason Reid of ESPN.com. She admitted that she has had “difficult conversations” regarding the impact of that decision on the credibility of RISE with black athletes.

“I totally understand, empathize — I don’t know what word is more powerful — [with] the disappointment and criticism toward Steve for making this decision,” Billings-Burford told Reid. “I would have to lack perspective to not understand why this decision would not make athletes hesitate to work with RISE.”

Billings-Burford understands that, in the end, RISE may have less support from professional athletes.

“Could we go forward with less athlete engagement, professional athlete engagement?” Billings-Burford told Reid. “Yes, we certainly could. But we do think there’s real value in having committed, professional athletes engaged with us fully. Absolutely. In some ways, we’re built on that.”

Ross pushed back against criticism initially via an anonymous quote (given to four different publications) from an unnamed source close to Ross. He later issued a statement in his own words. On Friday, President Donald Trump told reporters that the controversy will serve only to make Ross “much hotter.”

The heat Ross has felt to date, beyond critical comments from a pair of people who work for him, includes protests directed at SoulCycle and Equinox, two of the companies he owns.

33 responses to “CEO of RISE wishes Stephen Ross hadn’t hosted fundraiser for the President

  1. Can someone explain what Trump means by Ross becoming “hotter” and why that is so important to him?

  2. I would bet an overwhelming number of Equinox and Soul Cycle employees are LGBT. They are the ones being hurt by these nonsense virtue signaling protests.

  3. We are still able to donate and vote for whomever we choose right? I don’t understand what the big deal is.

  4. What does the man’s politics have to do with him owning the team? I watch the NFL to get away from all of that. When you can’t escape the politics of the time even as a fan of the NFL it is time to stop watching (Unless you like politics in every aspect of your life).

  5. runtheball says:
    August 10, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    I would bet an overwhelming number of Equinox and Soul Cycle employees are LGBT. They are the ones being hurt by these nonsense virtue signaling protests.

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    The responsibility lies on Stephen Ross for hosting the fundraiser in the first place not the people protesting and boycotting. He should have seen the backlash coming for supporting Trump.

  6. If these people disagree that much they should just QUIT! I mean since when it is against the law to publicly support who ever you choose for a political office?

  7. I want anyone to unequivocally PROVE that Trump is racist.
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    Read up on the stories some of his ex-casino employees tell from back before he was POTUS. Very enlightening.

  8. I mean since when it is against the law to publicly support who ever you choose for a political office?
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    No law against it, just like there’s no law against Stills or this person expressing their opinions.

  9. Steve Cunningham says:
    August 10, 2019 at 1:59 pm
    If these people disagree that much they should just QUIT! I mean since when it is against the law to publicly support who ever you choose for a political office?
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    I could NOT have said this better!!! This is getting totally ridiculous, imo!

  10. pkrlvr says:
    August 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm
    I want anyone to unequivocally PROVE that Trump is racist.
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    Read up on the stories some of his ex-casino employees tell from back before he was POTUS. Very enlightening.

    oh good..stories and hearsay// thats it! say no more

  11. pkrlvr says:
    August 10, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Read up on the stories some of his ex-casino employees tell from back before he was POTUS. Very enlightening.

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    I worked for Trump. He is not racist. He does have a number of disgruntled employees that wish to make it look that way though. Original poster said PROVE…not tell lame stories.

  12. In 2019, the term “Racist” means anyone who disagrees with a liberal. The word has completely lost any sting or meaning from the amount it is misused.

  13. I’ll try to stay out of the political Olympics, except to say the obvious. Ross has made it clear he does NOT agree with Trump’s views on race (a totally political manipulation of us vs them Trump uses to divide Americans) but is perfectly clear he wants Trump reelected because of his wallet. Working middle-class people and the upper-middle-class pay the most in taxes while those in a lower bracket also contribute and live paycheck to paycheck just to keep their head above water. The uber-rich have every tax break you’ll find and benefit the most from Trump’s tax breaks. Agree or disagree, that is just a fact…

  14. Mediasloppy, could you give us 3 examples of tax breaks the rich have that aren’t available to everyone?

  15. What does the man’s politics have to do with him owning the team? I watch the NFL to get away from all of that. When you can’t escape the politics of the time even as a fan of the NFL it is time to stop watching (Unless you like politics in every aspect of your life).

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    That’s because race doesnt appear to affect your daily life, so you CAN escape…that’s the very definition of privilege.

    P.S. race isn’t a political topic, it’s a social topic. The issue Stills and RISE are raising about Trump isn’t his politics, like giving the uber rich even more in tax breaks, but his racist rhetoric.

    Example: saying there are “good people” who are white supremacists, referring to Mexicans/Latino immigrants as all rapists and druggies, etc. There are examples galore.

  16. @liberalsruineverything: Exactly, how easy it is to forget those pictures of smiling Al,Jesse, and Don. They sure weren’t calling him a racist then we’re they or when ya know the CLINTONS have stayed Scott free with the man numerous times. Democrats are not only liars and mudrackers the are vile hypocrites!

  17. President Trump was never called a racist before he ran for President. That’s weird don’t you think?

    Central Park 5, more workplace discrimination lawsuits than anyone can count, and Trump’s dad made his fortune by refusing to follow the Fair Housing Act. But don’t let any of that stop you.

  18. Don’t forget him telling 4 minority congresswomen to “go back where they came from”! But that was a whole month ago, and I know some of his supporters have the memory of fruit flies.

  19. Leanne H says:
    August 10, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    That’s because race doesnt appear to affect your daily life, so you CAN escape…that’s the very definition of privilege.

    P.S. race isn’t a political topic, it’s a social topic. The issue Stills and RISE are raising about Trump isn’t his politics, like giving the uber rich even more in tax breaks, but his racist rhetoric.

    Example: saying there are “good people” who are white supremacists, referring to Mexicans/Latino immigrants as all rapists and druggies, etc. There are examples galore.
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    The best you got is two lies told by the fake news? You lemmings are ridiculous.

  20. If people don’t believe Trump is racist, no amount of evidence right in front of their faces will ever convince them.

  21. mackcarrington says:
    August 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm
    If people don’t believe Trump is racist, no amount of evidence right in front of their faces will ever convince them.
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    There is no evidence. Your unhinged rhetoric is only solidifying his base and adding to it. He was elected because people are sick of being called racists. I feel sorry for you that you are so blind with hatred.

  22. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 10, 2019 at 5:47 pm
    “President Trump was never called a racist before he ran for President. That’s weird don’t you think?”

    If you ever get tired of living in denial read up on the lawsuits the guy you claim is “non-racist” has had to settle out of court for millions due to racial discrimination.

    Once your done with that pile of paperwork, you can refute your claim again by working backwards and look at all the statements the Cheeto has made in support of white supremacist talking points.

    If it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck…

  23. Since so many of you believe it’s OK to boycott someone’s business because of political beliefs, does that make it OK for NFL owners to boycott Kap?

  24. Liberalsruineverything says:
    August 10, 2019 at 9:24 pm
    mackcarrington says:
    August 10, 2019 at 9:06 pm
    If people don’t believe Trump is racist, no amount of evidence right in front of their faces will ever convince them.
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    There is no evidence. Your unhinged rhetoric is only solidifying his base and adding to it. He was elected because people are sick of being called racists. I feel sorry for you that you are so blind with hatred.

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    Sorry. That won’t work. It’s YOUR rhetoric that is unhinged. You’re in the minority on this and are proving my point. All I can say is “WOW !” , You really live in the bubble of Trumpworld. And nowhere in my comment did I express any hatred. If you think what I said was hatful, then you’ve really got some issues.

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