Chris Long: Players Coalition had Stephen Ross removed from social justice working group

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When the NFL announced a new social justice campaign, Miami’s Stephen Ross was one of the owners participating in the working group. He’s not anymore.

After taking criticism for hosting a fundraiser for President Trump, Ross was taken off the working group at the request of the Players Coalition, according to retired defensive end Chris Long, who has been active in the NFL players’ social justice efforts and is the reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year.

Responding to criticism from Panthers safety Eric Reid that the Players Coalition has been ineffective, Long told SI.com that one of the things the players have accomplished was making a statement by getting Ross removed from the league’s working group.

“The one thing I really disagree with Eric on is that the coalition hasn’t done anything. The coalition is autonomous. We don’t work with the owners. In fact we just removed, or got Stephen Ross to be off the working group,” Long said.

Ross has tried to position himself as a champion of social justice through his Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. But several players have said that Ross’s support for Trump is inconsistent with his stated support of social justice.

42 responses to “Chris Long: Players Coalition had Stephen Ross removed from social justice working group

  1. And stuff like this is why college FB will continue growing in popularity while the NFL goes into decline. Sometimes people just want football without the politics.

  2. The wimpification of America continues….”waaah, I dont like your political point of view so I refuse to work with you”…..at least they have open minds, right.

  3. Try to work together and not against each other. Stephen Ross has built so much affordable housing for this country and Long and others should all sides to him.

  4. PFT, do your followers a favor and stick to actual NFL news. I’m pretty sure that the overwhelming majority doesn’t care about Kaepernick, bashing the President, or bashing those that support the President. Stick to injuries, roster moves, & game recaps. As a matter of fact, I’m getting really tired of hearing about whiner Antonio Brown & his helmet too. Just my opinion.

  5. Stifling political speech you disagree with is the entire reason the players are upset over Kaepernick, yet here they are stifling political speech they don’t agree with themselves.

  6. When I joined the military in 1964 one of the things they stressed was every person had the right to vote for whomever you wanted. We were there to protect that right. Politics should have no place in football.

  7. Eric Reid and the rest of the NFL SJW’s are going to real sour when a “Dem Socialist” has them being taxed 70% and people (although they dont care about whites) of all colors are still getting shot up due to their own actions.

  8. Hypocrisy of the highest order. I won’t take anyone in the NFL seriously until Tyreek Hill is removed from the league for blatant child/spousal abuse. At some point, players and officials could say “I don’t have to stand for behavior like this anymore.” Instead, it’s all “Orange Man Bad.”

    More people are working now in the US than at any time in the nation’s history and all they want to do is virtue-signal.

  9. So they want to create an atmosphere of tolerance by not being tolerant of anyone who does not echo their every belief… that my friends is a hippocrite.

  10. So, I am to understand that according to the NFL Players Coalition, a man can’t show respect to and admire our President, correct?

    And this is supposed to be a group for “social justice”????? What a joke!!!!!!!!!!! The left is doing those of us who think Trump is doing a good job a favor. They are making more Americans tired of their evil tactics. Millions of good Americans will be voting for Trump again because of these things the left does! You reap what you sow!!!!!!!

  11. Well at least they have a goal of bettering the game and not stooping to the level of pandering and deciding which political parties people are or are not allowed to support because that would be extremely narrow minded and elitist. I’m glad they’re not doing that.

  12. Seems like a bigoted group. What is their gripe about Trump? Trump is working with black leaderships to address their concerns, like prison reform etc. Why didn’t they kneel during Obama’s terms? Did Trump create the problems they are whining about?

  13. Seriously people need high paying jobs to go to NFL games so these over paid winers can live a comfortable live style.
    Why are they attacking the POTUS who has delivered these jobs?
    Attacking the POTUS is really attacking the American people.
    Why is PFT trying to bring politics into football anyways?
    If you go back to the Roman Empire days … the reason why sports was invented was to get people’s mind away from politics.

  14. They get rid of a guy that has done more for their cause than most and somehow they view that as an accomplishment because they can’t stand Trump. Genius

  15. Wow, I’m married to an African American. No, not black, as what may come as a shock, there are many countries in Africa that are not “black”. My wife is Libyan. We live in FL and root for the Dolphins.

    Point is, we both voted for Trump. Does that mean she and I are both bigots suddenly?

  16. More people are working now in the US than at any time in the nation’s history
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    That’s so funny. When Obama’s unemployment numbers went down everyone on the right said how the numbers weren’t real and didn’t take into account the people who dropped out of the workforce or quit looking. Now that a republican is POTUS that issue is never brought up. Funny how that works. Nor is the fact that Trump is running massive deficits to create this economy. Looks good on paper and to his supporters, but at some point that $2-3 trillion a year he’s borrowing to create this economy (while giving the rich a huge tax cut) will have to be paid back. Remember that when everyone gets all rosey about things. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

  17. Wah we don’t like your poltics so we shun you. Great example of tolerance. Chris Long is a coward

  18. Hooray for Boozy. Takes guts to say that you voted Trump. Try saying that in public is tougher though. Try saying that in public and be white. Be prepared to duck.

  19. pkrlvr says:
    August 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    More people are working now in the US than at any time in the nation’s history
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    That’s so funny. When Obama’s unemployment numbers went down everyone on the right said how the numbers weren’t real and didn’t take into account the people who dropped out of the workforce or quit looking. Now that a republican is POTUS that issue is never brought up. Funny how that works. Nor is the fact that Trump is running massive deficits to create this economy. Looks good on paper and to his supporters, but at some point that $2-3 trillion a year he’s borrowing to create this economy (while giving the rich a huge tax cut) will have to be paid back. Remember that when everyone gets all rosey about things. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
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    Please get your fact correct … people working 3 part time jobs to survive counted as 3 jobs in Obama’s world. You can make any kind of numbers look good by leaving out the important facts.

  20. Great, he is off your group. Now, what has your group done to affect change? Kneel at the 50 yard line? This is all for show and anybody who is paying attention knows that they love to talk about social justice but when it comes to results, there are none.

  21. pkrlvr says:
    August 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    More people are working now in the US than at any time in the nation’s history
    —–
    That’s so funny. When Obama’s unemployment numbers went down everyone on the right said how the numbers weren’t real and didn’t take into account the people who dropped out of the workforce or quit looking. Now that a republican is POTUS that issue is never brought up. Funny how that works. Nor is the fact that Trump is running massive deficits to create this economy. Looks good on paper and to his supporters, but at some point that $2-3 trillion a year he’s borrowing to create this economy (while giving the rich a huge tax cut) will have to be paid back. Remember that when everyone gets all rosey about things. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
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    Why do you people insist on ragging on rich people. This country needs more rich people and I want to be one. I’ve never gotten a job from a poor person. If you get the government regulations off their back and incentivize them to hire people with tax breaks it creates jobs. More jobs, more taxpayers. More taxpayers, less people on welfare. More people working, more competition between businesses for good people, which means wages go up. It’s not that hard to understand basic economics.

  22. No one cares about social justice save anyone under the progressive banner. An oxymoron, progressive politics are about regression to a time when a select few told everyone what to do, and those that didn’t fall into line were killed. As a progressive, either you’re either angling to be the few, or you don’t know you’re being played as a useful idiot.
    When you can prove beyond any doubt that institutionalized racism or institutionalized anything is/are real then we’ll talk. You can’t because it’s a boogey man that intentionally doesn’t have to be proven, the accusation itself will suffice for the goals.
    It’s not like their techniques are secret.

  23. Good. More time for him to dedicate to fundraising. (There is an election coming up) hahahahaha

  24. pkrlvr says:
    August 20, 2019 at 7:08 pm
    More people are working now in the US than at any time in the nation’s history
    —–
    That’s so funny. When Obama’s unemployment numbers went down everyone on the right said how the numbers weren’t real and didn’t take into account the people who dropped out of the workforce or quit looking. Now that a republican is POTUS that issue is never brought up. Funny how that works. Nor is the fact that Trump is running massive deficits to create this economy. Looks good on paper and to his supporters, but at some point that $2-3 trillion a year he’s borrowing to create this economy (while giving the rich a huge tax cut) will have to be paid back. Remember that when everyone gets all rosey about things. It’s all smoke and mirrors.

    The reason Obama’s unemployment numbers went down is because people who’s unemployment benefits ran out they weren’t considered unemployed. Under Trump there are more people in the workplace than ever and jobs are still available.

  25. The best way to convert someone to your way of thinking is to shun and banish them. Enjoy life in the echo chamber, SJWs…

  26. I don’t care for Donald Trump much myself. But the notion that supporting him (or virtually any other politician) is inconsistent with social justice is ridiculous.

    Attitudes like this are how civil wars are started — seriously. These guys need to cool it. If attitudes like this one become common enough, our social cohesion will be torn to shreds.

    A person can be of any political persuasion and still be a good person, fully committed to justice (social and otherwise), etc. To say that they cannot is a form of authoritarianism.

  27. Let me guess, he’ll be one of the “heroes” in Gillette’s new campaign ad. His shirt is an obvious clue.

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