For those that don’t know, Dolphins’ owner Stephen Ross has been an avid supporter of Donald Trump for many years. However, despite the President’s stance on race and equality in America, Ross has continued to fund R.I.S.E, one of the biggest non-profit organizations supporting racial equality in the world.
According to the official website, R.I.S.E stands for:
“We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.”
So why is this a thing now?
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
Stephen Ross supports Donald Trump
That’s right, folks. Ross, the man that supported players protesting the national anthem, is now holding a very expensive luncheon for the president. A president who’s entire campaign was built upon racism and other unethical fallacies. So which is it Ross? Do you support the players and those affected by racial inequality. Or do you back the mouth-breathing, racist in the oval office, doing whatever it takes to counter those very ideas that R.I.S.E stands for.
I call BS, and so does one of the one of the biggest advocates for racial equality – Dolphins’ wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Stills took to Twitter early yesterday morning, and dropped an atom bomb that would send shock waves throughout the sports world.
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
Now regardless of which side of the political landscape you are on, Stills has a point. After all, Trump symbolizes all that is wrong in today’s society. Race, hatred, and of course, his hair. So how can someone so adamantly for racial equality, support someone so against it. Worst of all, how can he not see the divide this could create among his other entities, specifically his football team. And for what? A tax cut?
It just makes you wonder how such a successful business man, could be so foolish.
Sure, Ross has done a lot for the community. And as an owner, he’s used his hard earned money to fund stadium renovations, making Hard Rock one of the premier stadiums in all of sports. But as an owner, Ross has fell short. Yes, every March he opens his checkbook and adds lots of zeros to highly-coveted free agents that never seem to pan out. And yes, every three or four years he embarks on a coaching search, trying to turn this team into a contender-which he’s failed to do since taking over the team in 2008.
Truth is, Ross is a bad owner and his recent comments have been less than ideal. His name is now in the media for all the wrong reason. But as you can expect Twitter took the news exactly how you’d expect. All. Hell. Broke. Loose.
Here are some of the best reactions from Twitter over the last 24 hours.
If you support the president, then you support his racist views too. There’s no separating one from the other.
Straight 🐂💩, Señor Ross. https://t.co/iSOBPuxR3N
— Greg Camarillo (@catchcamarillo) August 7, 2019
Just because Kenny Stills called out Stephen Ross doesn't mean Stills is a bad player making too much money and not producing on the field. I commend Stills for calling out Ross on this. And there is arguably nobody, NOBODY who does as much as Kenny Stills for S FLA community
— Tom Ernisse (@DolphinsTalkTom) August 7, 2019
— Billy Corben (@BillyCorben) August 8, 2019
— Sage Rosenfels (@SageRosenfels18) August 8, 2019
I’m just amazed at the amount of Dolphin fans that dislike Kenny Stills. Dude has been and continues to be a great role model that does a lot of the South Florida community. I love the fact that he isn’t shy about calling people out about certain issues, including Stephen Ross.
— Antwan V. Staley (@antwanstaley) August 7, 2019
This tweet is a lie.
A passive investor is someone who invests money but has no involvement in the company.
SoulCycle is a subsidiary of The Related Companies.
Stephen Ross is founder and chairman of The Related Companies.
He is your boss. https://t.co/NfV7ooufat
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 7, 2019
They are gonna find out that the Dolphins Fight Song was co-written by ISIS or something…..
— Alfredo Arteaga (@UptownReport) August 7, 2019
If Stephen Ross funds Trump’s white supremacist campaign filled with fascist chants of “SHOOT THEM” and “SEND THEM BACK”, then Steve Ross makes that white supremacy campaign possible. He’s directly funding online ads warning of a Hispanic “invasion” just like the El Paso shooter. https://t.co/MaQYgRftWz
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 7, 2019
Stephen Ross says he is a Vegan, but also enjoys eating steak https://t.co/cfYCzwqw6n
— Dan Pfeiffer (@danpfeiffer) August 8, 2019
i find it interesting that this rush to boycott stephen ross hasn't come with much discussion of what kenny stills pointed out. there's a really important, compelling discussion to be had there.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) August 7, 2019
You 👏🏽 can’t 👏🏽 be 👏🏽 an 👏🏽 ally 👏🏽 if 👏🏽 you 👏🏽 support 👏🏽 a 👏🏽 white 👏🏽 supremacist. https://t.co/kor9wp1pAK
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) August 8, 2019
In the end, Stephen Ross is an absentee owner that has done very little right during his hobby of owning an NFL team. And for a guy so hypocritical, perhaps the time is now for him to sell this once historic franchise. After all, Ross is 79 years old and doesn’t have many more years to watch this team struggle among the NFL’s elite. Today, we saw what Ross is truly invested in. What he truly cares about. And for a successful businessman that’s done so much right as an entrepreneur , he could not be more wrong.
Fasten your seat belts, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.
Josh Houtz (@houtz) contributes to several platforms on Five Reasons Sports, including Smark Your Territory — after all, wrestling is a little like politics.