Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills has been critical of the team’s owner, Stephen Ross, after news broke that Ross would hold a fundraiser for President Donald Trump in the Hamptons.
Stills criticized Ross on Twitter, posting a screenshot of Ross’ organization — the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality — and writing “You can’t have a non-profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump.”
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
Stills told reporters that he has received death threats on social media, according to the Miami Herald, but that hasn’t slowed his criticism. After a pre-season game on Thursday night, he explained, “If you’re going to associate with bad people, then people are going to know about it,” adding “I think there’s ways you can support candidates without it being so public and without it being at your personal, private residence. I put it out there so everybody could see it.”
Dolphins coach Brian Flores wasn’t entirely happy with the drama, and Stills admitted on Thursday “maybe I shouldn’t have done it on social media, on Twitter, but I did.” He also told reporters that he has not talked to Stephen Ross.
“I’ve tried to distance myself from the RISE Initiative just based off a gut feeling that I’ve had,” he added, “it’s just something I’ve felt in my gut from the beginning.”
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Stills is one of the NFL players who has knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racism.
And the Dolphins wide receiver is not the only person who has been critical of Stephen Ross’ decision to host a Trump fundraiser. Ross owns the fitness studios SoulCycle and Equinox, which have since experienced backlash from customers vowing to end their business with the clubs.