We are officially one day away from the start of the Miami Dolphins’ 2019 preseason. So obviously, excitement is high and fans are anxiously waiting for the ‘official’ start of the Brian Flores’ era.
Instead, all the talk today is about Stephen Ross, Donald Trump and Dolphins’ wide receiver Kenny Stills.
For those that don’t know, Ross is and President Trump have had a business relationship and friendship dating back to their days in the USFL. Last night, news broke that Ross would be hosting a $250,000 fundraiser.
Developer Stephen Ross, of The Related Companies, (which developed Hudson Yards and owns @Equinox and @soulcycle) is hosting a fundraiser for President Trump in The Hamptons. $250,000 for lunch, a photo and a private roundtable. https://t.co/unTnaKTMav— Derick Waller (@wallerABC7) August 6, 2019
Stills, however, disagreed with Ross and his decision to host the event. He tweeted about Ross’ dinner:
You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump. https://t.co/sNBWfEXvLn pic.twitter.com/nNkRf2wJep— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
Ross founded the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality, or R.I.S.E, a non-profit organization that supports racial equality. Stills tweeted that you cannot have RISE and support Trump at the same time.
The mission of RISE, according to their website is:
We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.
Ross’ support for the President, a man with whom he has a relationship, is not surprising. Stills’ viewpoint on this situation is not surprising. The question becomes, will the two sides be able to disagree, discuss the situation, debate it, and maybe have an impact on each other, or will this become too much for one side or the other?
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