Stephen Ross: President Trump made protests about the military

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The Summer of Stephen Ross continues.

The Dolphins owner, who drew sharp criticism for hosting a six-figure fundraiser for President Trump earlier this month, addressed the Commander-in-Chief’s role in a June interview with Yahoo Finance. The quotes emerged on Friday.

“I supported the players initially,” Ross said at the time. “When Trump made it about the military, that was a different story.”

Ross doesn’t explain why he and other NFL owners sat idly by while the underlying basis for the anthem protests — to bring attention to concerns regarding police brutality against and other systemic oppression of minorities — became warped and twisted for political purposes. Instead, Ross apparently went along with the effort to co-opt the narrative.

“Whenever you’re really protesting against the military, I think nobody in this country really wants [to protest that],” Ross said. But, again, that’s not what the players were protesting, a point that they made repeatedly but that repeatedly fell on deaf ears. Or, more accurately, ears into which a false narrative was being continuously whispered.

Ross claims that he continues to tell his players, “I got your back. Do what you feel is right.” Some may wonder whether that’s actually the case, given the support Ross has given to the man who, as Ross has admitted, took the true basis for the protests and transmogrified it into something that would appeal to his base of voters.

55 responses to “Stephen Ross: President Trump made protests about the military

  1. Ross is a very intelligent person and Donald Trump is the greatest president of all time. Thank You Donald!

  2. Most Americans realize that you don’t choose which politicians to support based on one single issue. Maybe Ross thinks making America great again is more important than supporting an overrated exNFL QB that got pisssd because he lost his starting job.

  3. And all the other hateful losers. Even though a military man was the person who told him to kneel

  4. all these fake patriots who were too scared to serve in the military but they can decide what is American and what’s not

  5. Ooooohhh!.. The Russian American bots don’t like the truth Stephen. Prepare for the typical cowardly death threats from basement keyboard bullies that seem to get mad at anything they don’t agree with and spin the narrative with calculated negative ignorance. MERICA!!!

  6. The players made the protest about the military by not showing proper respect during the anthem.

    Doing something controversial is how protests get attention for their cause. The players took a calculated risk.

  7. “…and other systemic oppression of minorities…”

    ———————

    There’s no such thing. Show me a single law, code, or statute in “the system” that explicitly calls for oppression of minorities.

  8. So alot of us NFL consumers are now others?

    You do understand the Miami Dolphins play in South Florida with a heavy Republican Cuban community?

    Come on man.

  9. Ya, kneeling during the national anthem makes it about the players… Kneel during your “game” if it’s about the players, not the thing that’s supposed to unite us all.

  10. I’m still waiting for an explanation for the Castro shirt. What was the reasoning for protesting while wearing a shirt portraying a brutal dictator?

  11. I guess idiots come in all professions. Hosting a fund raiser for Comrade Trump. What could possibly be bad about that. My company has canceled our Dolphin season box.

  12. “Ross doesn’t explain why he and other NFL owners sat idly by while the underlying basis for the anthem protests — to bring attention to concerns regarding police brutality against and other systemic oppression of minorities”

    False. As Kaepernick originally said, it was about the flag. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,”

  13. Why are there any protests in a professional football game? All of these people should be fired. Yes, Ross should be forced to sell the team as well. The goal is to entertain us. Everything else is irrelevant. Good business practices have nothing to do with the 12 percenter’s feelings.

  14. That’s how i took it, as against the military, the flag, and against good police officers. I didn’t need Trump to tell me that. That’s how a whole lot of American Citizens took it. Yes it is legal to protest, but when you do it in a manner that is extremely offensive to many people, what do you expect would happen? Of course it fell on deaf ears. If you want me to look at something and care about something don’t start the conversation with peeing on my front lawn. That is how many Americans took it, whether it was intended that way or not.

  15. I never thought it was a protest of the troops. And maybe I’m naive and don’t remember but i don’t remember trump or anyone else claiming the players were protesting service members. I do remember that I felt then, and feel now, that it was disrespectful to service members. And yes I know that there have been service members that don’t believe it is. And there are a lot that do believe it’s disrespectful! In fact, I’ve asked quite a few and have yet to find one on active duty, retired or simply a vet that dosent feel it was disrespectful!

  16. Man, Ross is the embodiment of corporate arrogance. Thinking he can just do one thing and say another and everyone will just buy what he says despite the clear evidence to the contrary.

    It would be so much more respectful if he just owned it in terms of who he really is.

  17. Trump himself protested against the military some 50 years ago when he couldn’t serve because of his “bone-spurs”.

  18. It is not about the troops nor the flag.

    We tend to forget that we, the people, are shepherds of our country.

    When it goes astray, as it is now, it is up to us to do our best to fix it. Have some pride in your country and it’s ability to withstand this racism and elitism. Trump will eventually go away, at least, corporeality.

  19. As a combat veteran I’d like to say these flag pin patriots make me sick. The flag was never meant to be something in your drawer or washing machine.

    The national anthem is respected by the military. It does in no way represent the military.

    I have protested the anthem my entire life as a terrible example of music that should be replaced.

    As for the fans of racist cops, you got me there. There are a lot of them out there, both the cops and fans.

  20. We recently had some local kids go to the finals in little league. These kids worked hard for this accomplishment and deserved to be recognized. At the ceremony there were some folks that stood out there and made a visible showing of their refusal to honor the kids. They were unhappy about some local school budget matters and their point was that because there was a large audience of parents present it was a good opportunity to take advantage of to make their point. They made sure the story of the day was about them and their protest and not the kid’s accomplishment. The kids sort of became forgotten in it all. They also said they had nothing against the kids that were supposed to be getting honored they just needed to take advantage of their ceremony with its audience because their point they wanted to make was so correct and that the kids and everyone else should understand that. And to be clear, the point they were protesting was indeed an urgent one that did need attention, they were absolutely correct about that too.

    This brings me to something I appreciate my dad teaching me before I went out into the world: sometimes being absolutely correct does not make you right.

  21. Next time a union goes on strike tell yourself it’s about the military and then oppose them.

  22. They weren’t protesting the military, rather micturating on their symbol of the country for which they put their lives on the line.

    If you think symbols aren’t important enough to rile people, try taking a wiz on an MLK poster in a community of color.

    And as far as the whole freedom of speech thingy, try saying the n word if you’re bereft of melanin.

    CK stumbled into a perfect excuse for his short lived abilities, at a time when so many were looking for a reason to create mayhem.

    It’s despicable, no more, no less.

  23. Because Ross supports Trump does not mean he is unsympathic to the players protests. It just means he thinks Trump is doing a lot of good things that he supports, like the economy, job creation, equal trade, etc. This does not make him a racist as implied

  24. raygillin says:
    August 23, 2019 at 11:57 pm
    That’s how i took it, as against the military, the flag, and against good police officers. I didn’t need Trump to tell me that. That’s how a whole lot of American Citizens took it. Yes it is legal to protest, but when you do it in a manner that is extremely offensive to many people, what do you expect would happen? Of course it fell on deaf ears. If you want me to look at something and care about something don’t start the conversation with peeing on my front lawn. That is how many Americans took it, whether it was intended that way or not.
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    First of all the flag does not belong to the military or the police it belongs to all Americans. We all serve this country in different ways. Teachers serve. As for good police officers, there are many. But if you watch the bad officers and fail to say anything hiding behind the blue wall, that makes you a bad one.

  25. Is a draft dodger considered a patriot? You know, the person who said kneeling isn’t being patriotic.

  26. Have you heard the one about the rich kid with bone spurs who loved the Flag so much he didn’t want to defend it?

  27. took the true basis for the protests and transmogrified it into something that would appeal to his base of voters.

    ———————————–

    I have little use for politics but this is a blatant misrepresentation.
    Anyone who has ever actually listened to the National Anthem can tell you it’s about the military’s defense of our country. The Anthem was even recognized for official use by the United States Navy back in 1889. The veterans of this country are the ones who felt the players were hijacking their song. For obvious reasons.

    “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
    O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming
    And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
    Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there”

    Bottom line is the players could have knelt down at the coin toss (or even right before the first play of the game) with cameras fully fixed on them and they would have received the same media attention for their cause. But instead they chose to take something near and dear to US service members hearts and their families. Many of whom have given their lives defending the freedoms that the players and their families benefit from to this day. This is why there was never full support from the players for the kneel down. Many players knew and understood what the Anthem means to US Service Men and Women.

  28. Of course it was never a protest against the military. When Kaepernick started his protest, he sat on the bench during the anthem. Former Green Beret and onetime Seahawk Nate Boyer suggested to him that he kneel instead, to protest respectfully.

    I just wish people would decide to support or oppose the player protests based on facts, not on how somebody else decides to characterize it or lie about it. I would have thought that an NFL owner, of all people, would do that, but he’s just another guy who’s decided to kowtow to Trump because he’s decided it will benefit his wallet. His choice, but he can’t have it both ways.

  29. Kaepernick stopped the Nike Betsy Ross flag sneakers. This was about a hatred of our police and our country. If it was about the slaughtering of minorities it would of been focused in Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, Newark. This was a joke from the beginnong.

  30. I’m fully on board with players (or anyone) shining a light on issues with the inconsistent way the criminal justice system can treat minorities and the poor, lack of access to educational and cultural opportunities, etc., and trying to improve the situation.

    That said, I don’t agree with the tone of this article that it was clear and obvious as to what the players were “protesting.” In our society perception is reality, and the perception– right or wrong– was one of disrespect to our flag, military, and police officers. When given the opportunity some players did a great job of clearly explaining the true purpose, but others did not (see Castro t-shirt, pig socks, etc). I also believe the mainstream media promoted the conflict rather than try and push the story forward because conflict gets clicks.

    Jay-Z is right that it’s time to move beyond protesting and arguing over Kaepernick’s employment status and actually do something. Regardless of the issue, protesting and making noise about something is the easy part– it’s the taking action part once you have that attention that is difficult. That’s where the players and league are right now and if the conversation isn’t moved forward with action in a positive direction, it will be all for naught.

  31. Trump is a master of spinning stuff so everyone pays attention to that, meanwhile he gives all his buddies in the 1% massive tax breaks. A guy litterally poops in a gold toilet in his NYC penthouse, after playing rounds of golf at his namesake country club, blaming “coastal elites” for our problems is the greatest con job ever. Trump litterally is a coastal elite and it took help from Russia to win a election. Him amd Moscow Mitch dont care about this country. They use hate to divide us meanwhile they’re taking money to the bank.

  32. “When Trump made it about the military, that was a different story.” Nah! that was Trump just hiding behind the Military just like he did during the Vietnam war.

  33. If I a player wants to protest for more government health care, is kneeling during the anthem an appropriate place to do it? People are dying because of health, so justice needs to be done right?

    I say no.
    Just like kneeling for whatever Kap was protesting.

  34. bakerthetdmaker says:
    August 24, 2019 at 8:53 am
    Trump is a master of spinning stuff so everyone pays attention to that, meanwhile he gives all his buddies in the 1% massive tax breaks. A guy litterally poops in a gold toilet in his NYC penthouse, after playing rounds of golf at his namesake country club, blaming “coastal elites” for our problems is the greatest con job ever. Trump litterally is a coastal elite and it took help from Russia to win a election. Him amd Moscow Mitch dont care about this country. They use hate to divide us meanwhile they’re taking money to the bank.

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    I know this is hard to understand, but people that still only have this nonsense to offer more than halfway through his term actually boost his chances of winning this next election. Lots of raging but until someone takes a deep breath and refocuses on how to say why they are a good choice rather than why he is a bad one there is not going to be a viable candidate to oppose him. Sure there will be a few votes from the people that would vote for a squirrel in their yard before they would vote for Trump, but thats not going to get near whats needed. Yet I swear his opponents who strategy depends on enough people feeling that way believe that they don’t need to do anything else

  35. The players had an issue with police brutality so they knelt at our flag. They made it about the military themselves. Our flag has nothing to do with unfair treatment by police officers and our national anthem certainly doesn’t. There were police officers in every stadium every game If they wanted to protest police officers then they could have turned and knelt at them or raised a fist at them before the national anthem started. They chose to protest something that represents their right to be treated equally and so they lost their message on their own.

  36. Ross shouldn’t have to apologize or justify his political position to Kenny Stills, the media, or anyone else. Whatever politics he supports is nobody else’s business, least of all the jar-headed, leftist wannabe dictators.

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