Kenny Stills Calls Out Dolphins Owner For Trump Fundraiser

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills doubled down on his stance against owner Stephen Ross on Thursday night

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills doubled down on his stance against owner Stephen Ross on Thursday night

A native of Jackson, Miss.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills criticized the team's owner, Stephen Ross, for his plan to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

"Someone has to have enough courage to let him know you can't play both sides of this". "It's something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision".

"I've had people say, 'Hey, we were going to use you for business, but we found out you're a racist, '" Mr. Herricks, the owner of Precision Pipe Rentals, an oil and gas services company in San Antonio, said in an interview. I put it out there for everybody to see it. "'We hope that you burn in hell and your business will go with you.'"...

In the wake of his recent criticism, Stills said, he has received death threats - "five to 10 in a night" - on social media but didn't report them. He was clear that he wanted to remain with the Dolphins, and he mentioned there was "no beef" between the two.

Ross, who also owns the NFL's Miami Dolphins, "freaked out" at the backlash, a source said, adding that Trump associates persuaded him to go ahead with the event at his Southampton mansion.

"It doesn't align", Stills said in the postgame locker room. 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 I wish he would have done that". I don't have any hard feelings toward him.

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. "I just try not to be a distraction to my teammates, and it hasn't been". It's real. Everything that I do has been real from the very beginning, and it's going to continue to be that way. "And it's going to be that way".

On Thursday, Stills doubled down on that argument.

Dolphins coach Brian Flores also addressed Stills' comments after Thursday's game, and expressed some disappointment in how his receiver handled the situation.

"The more they do this stuff, the more it's going to backfire", said Bill White, a former president of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NY.

Flores' message was to keep it that way, Stills said. That's a stance he says Flores stressed to him as well over the past few days. "It's not about politics. It's about the human being". There's got to be more communication, more conversation, just more communication if we want to really make change.

"You can't have a nonprofit with this mission statement [and] then open your doors to Trump", Stills tweeted, referring to Ross' RISE Foundation.

Ross, who has openly supported Trump and donated to his presidential campaign, released a statement on Wednesday where he said he has been friends with Trump for 40 years, and that while they agree on some things, "we strongly disagree on many others" and that he has never been "bashful" about expressing his opinions to the president.

Earlier this week, the receiver told the Palm Beach Post he'd be open to speaking with an Ohio elected official who blamed National Football League players kneeling during the anthem (along with gay people, video games, "drag queen advocates", Democrats, marijuana and "the culture") for recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio. He knelt during the anthem Thursday night.

The NFL Players Association said Wednesday that it stood by Stills.