Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver, Kenny Stills, has never been afraid to speak his mind. Two years ago, the Dolphin was one of a handful of players to kneel during the National Anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Stills has also traveled throughout the American South, talking to highschoolers about being active in their communities.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Stephen Ross, the Owner of the Miami Dolphins, would be hosting a fundraiser for Donald Trump. Stills was quick to call out his boss, who also identifies as a champion of social justice and civil rights.
Ross will be hosting an event in the Hamptons where donors can take a photo with the President for $100,000. After this discovery, some announced they would be boycotting Soul Cycle and Equinox, two gyms in which which Ross has an ownership stake.
The Dolphin owner released a statement in an attempt at damage control. Ross stated, “I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges.”
Stills found this statement to be at odds with his bosses’ actions. He tweeted, “You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump.”
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
When asked if he regretted calling out Ross, Stills said, “It’s something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision. Maybe I shouldn’t have done it on social media, but I did. If you’re going to associate yourself with bad people, then people are going to know about it. I put it out there for everybody to see it.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.