Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross and conflicting messages create PR mess for Dolphins

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?

Stephen Ross supports Donald Trump

Wait, WTF?!?!

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.

 

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.

TWITTER

 

 

Conclusion

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.

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