Kenny Stills says he received death threats over Ross-Trump situation

Kenny Stills says he received death threats over Ross-Trump situation

The Dolphins were thrust into the national spotlight for a clash of politics - stemming from the announcement that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross would be hosting a fundraising event for President Donald Trump's re-election bid at Ross' residence later this week.

Stills and Ross had not had a conversation as of Thursday night, but the veteran receiver said he anticipated the two talking in the future.

Stills in a tweet on Wednesday said Ross's support for Trump and for his own social justice nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, were incongruous.

After Thursday's Dolphins preseason game against Atlanta, Stills said he can no longer support Ross' RISE Foundation, a nonprofit that "educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations".

"You can't have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump", Stills wrote in the tweet.

"Someone has to have enough courage to let him know you can't play both sides of this". I understand that some people think that you don't say those types of things to your boss, but it's just a human being.

And that lesson certainly applies to social media, which Harbaugh is being reminded of after tweeting some praise of super MI donor and alum Stephen Ross on Thursday morning.

"If you're going to associate with bad people, then people are going to know about it", Stills said, via the Miami Herald. "I put it out there so everybody could see it".

"If you say you're going to be about something, let's be about it", he added.

"I've always have been an active participant in the democratic process", Ross said in the statement, according to ESPN. "While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly and support the things I deeply care about". He anticipates both sides will speak in the near future.

Stills claims to have received five to 10 death threats in the 24 hours since releasing the tweet. Kenny Stills may be the first player to be outspoken about the NFL's Astroturf "concerns" about racism and owners' support for a white supremacist president.

"It is what it is", Stills said of having his life threatened for using his First Amendment rights as an American citizen. Stills continued his protest for the fourth consecutive season Thursday night.

In 2018, the Dolphins franchise informed the National Football League that it would classify any sort of demonstration during the anthem as "conduct detrimental to the club", a designation that would have enabled the team to impose significant penalties.

The celebrity chef David Chang has called on the billionaire investor Stephen Ross to cancel a fundraiser for Donald Trump that has triggered threats of a boycott of businesses backed by Ross. Flores expressed understanding and respect for Stills' pursuit to effect change for those who don't have a voice or platform, but he said he did wish Stills had done one thing differently. "I fucking hate him", said Chang.

Then Stills revealed that the death threats he received at the height of the kneeling controversy in 2017 have returned.

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