Dolphins: Stephen Ross decided to step aside from social justice working group

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In what ultimately may be a distinction without much of a difference, the Dolphins have issued a statement claiming that owner Stephen Ross was not removed from a social justice working group, but that he chose to leave it on his own.

“Stephen made the decision last week and informed the NFL and members of the working committee that he was going to step aside from the group and continue to focus his efforts at RISE,” a Dolphins spokesperson said, referring to the foundation established by Ross to promote social justice and racial equality in sports. “He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that has been done by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education.”

Earlier in the day, former NFL defensive end Chris Long said that “we just removed, or got Stephen Ross to be off the working group.”

It sounds like Ross was basically given the choice to quit or be fired, and he chose the former. Obviously, it wouldn’t have happened but for his recent foray into big-money partisan politics.

“He held a fundraiser for a guy who called protesting players ‘sons of bitches’ [and] campaigned for them to lose jobs,” Long said on Twitter. “The working group is directly involved. You can see how that’s a conflict of interest that transcends politics.”

The problem is that, when it comes to modern-day politics, people see only what meshes with their broader world view. So just as many will see what Long, the reigning Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year, is saying as will tell him to “stick to sports.”

Even though this is a direct extension of sports.

17 responses to “Dolphins: Stephen Ross decided to step aside from social justice working group

  1. you do not need a broader world view to understand that Ross while promoting justice and equality (a good thing), had a function that was for the wealthy and invited a known racist and divisive , contradictory individual to it(a bad thing). Clearly Ross is just as out of touch with reality as are most in his tax bracket- which btw, hurts all of us ‘normal’ folks who pay much more percentage wise than these entitled silver spoon people do. Perhaps he really does want to make a difference, but he should talk to people that are in the midst of it rather than cavort with those that are clearly not interested in any kind of equality

  2. Nice to see tolerance on the part of the social justice warriors, now they’ve shown their not going to give people the opportunity to even listen…

  3. “Ross has decide to focus on and to promote social injustice and racial inequality in sports.”

  4. “He held a fundraiser for a guy who called protesting players ‘sons of bitches’ [and] campaigned for them to lose jobs,” Long said on Twitter. “The working group is directly involved. You can see how that’s a conflict of interest that transcends politics.”
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    When you poke your finger in eye of Americans that love their country by high jacking the anthem and disrespecting the flag they are going to poke you back. I’ve got news for you Not Howie. POTUS was speaking for us.

  5. Oh you fooled me. This isn’t football it’s politics. Ruining football. Thanks a lot SJW’s.

  6. Prime example of the problem with people today. If I don’t agree with everything you believe/like, then we can’t be friends/colleagues. All you end up with are echo chambers.

  7. The big problem here is that Trump is not a racist – never has been and there’s ZERO proof. Just because liberal morons scream “racism” doesn’t make it true. This is the effect of fake news and liberal scumbags who lie about people they don’t like just to support their own political views. Pathetic liberal dirty politics as usual.

  8. Chris Long is pretty awesome. Our children, Millennials and Generation Y expect us to have completed this work already.

  9. If it’s ok for Stills to disrespect the flag and the people who died for it, then Ross can support who he wants. Freedom of speech works both ways

  10. As a fan who has followed the Dolphins for the last 30+ years this last decade has been painful. This organization can not rid itself of constant drama outside sports. Even San Fran saw the light and took slow steps to remove themselves. It’s a free world do Stills can protest and Ross can support whoever he wants with his money. What sticks out is the Miami media puts Kenny Stills on a platform and loves to say he is some “warrior” for social injustice… Kenny Stills is a distraction. Period. He can find hundreds of ways to get his point (whatever it is) across without taking a knee during the anthem. Many Miami fans are tired of it, many nfl fans are tired of it, and even the coach has made remarks lately.. Trade STILLS.. Get rid of him. Time to focus on football and winning games!! Time to turn this organization into something to be proud of again!!

  11. This is getting far more attention than what Stills deserves. Miami is a very high-profile city, but maybe Stills would be better off in New York where he can get publicity.

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