Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills criticized the team owner Stephen Ross for his support of President Donald Trump. Ross is hosting a fundraiser for Trump's reelection.
Stills said Ross, who also runs the nonprofit RISE, which aims to eliminate racial discrimination, can't have such a mission statement and then support Trump.
A source close to Ross said Ross is a long-time friend of Trump's but does not agree with Trump's "rhetoric around race."
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills criticized the team owner Stephen Ross for his support of President Donald Trump.
Ross, who is also a real estate developer and investor, is hosting a fundraiser for Trump's reelection this Friday at his home in the Hamptons in New York, according to The Washington Post's Michelle Ye Hee Lee. Tickets reportedly cost between $5,600 and $250,000.
Ross also runs a nonprofit called RISE. Per ESPN's Cameron Wolfe, part of the RISE mission statement says the organization "educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations."
Stills criticized Ross for having such a mission statement while supporting Trump.
"You can't have a nonprofit with this mission statement [and] then open your doors to Trump," Stills said, per Wolfe.
Ross is also the chairman of the company that owns Equinox and SoulCycle, two trendy fitness brands. Members and fans of both Equinox and SoulCycle have threatened to boycott the brands over Ross' fundraiser for Trump.
A source close to Ross told Wolfe that Ross and Trump are long-time friends, but Ross does not agree with Trump on all fronts, particularly the president's "rhetoric around race."
"With regards to race, Stephen's record on fighting racism speaks for itself. It is possible to support someone on the basis of some things and not agree with everything about them," the source told Wolfe.
Stills is one of several players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest police violence and systemic racism. He said he plans to continue kneeling, according to Wolfe.
The Dolphins nominated Stills for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award for his work in the community. According to Wolfe, he has also been active in the RISE programs.
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