Miami Dolphins' Kenny Stills says he is getting death threats after criticizing team owner
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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills said he is not backing down despite receiving “five to 10” death threats over social media since calling out the team’s owner, Stephen Ross, for hosting a top-dollar fundraiser in the Hamptons for President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate gears up for battle over witnesses in impeachment trial Vulnerable Democrats tout legislative wins, not impeachment Trump appears to set personal record for tweets in a day MORE’s 2020 reelection campaign. 

“If you’re going to associate with bad people, then people are going to know about it,” Stills told reporters after a preseason game, the Miami Herald reported. “I think there’s ways you can support candidates without it being so public and without it being at your personal, private residence. I put it out there so everybody could see it.”

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“It is what it is,” Stills continued. “I’ll be OK.”

Stills called out the fundraiser Wednesday on Twitter, writing “You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump” and sharing a photo of the mission statement of the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE). The statement says, “We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.”

 

Stills told reporters that he does not want to be released or traded from the team, but he wants to understand how Ross, who has worked on racial equality issues in the past, can support sfomeone who is “against all the things that [Ross is] trying to work towards.”

“It’s never been about politics. It’s more just about the human being. I know some people think that you don’t say those types of things to your boss but for me, it’s just a human being. If you say you’re going to be about something, let’s be about it,” he said, the Miami Herald reported.

Stills added that he has distanced himself from the RISE program over the last year “just based off of a gut feeling that I’ve had.” He said he thinks Ross is trying to fight for social justice, "but I don’t believe that you can play both sides."  

Dolphins coach Brian Flores said there has to be “more communication if we really want to make change.”

“The one thing I said to Kenny was and I understand where Kenny is coming from,” Flores said after the team’s Thursday game, the Miami Herald reported. “He wants to be a voice. I talked to him about that a couple of weeks ago. I understand him wanting to be a voice for people who don’t have a voice. I respect that. My conversation with Kenny, I asked him why he didn’t talk to the owner, why he didn’t talk to Steve first before putting something out?"

According to Stills, he tried to address the issue with Ross privately before speaking out. He said he did not intend for his comments to capture headlines across the country, and that “maybe I shouldn’t have done it on social media, on Twitter, but I did,” the Miami Herald reported.

Ross is the developer behind fitness chains SoulCycle and Equinox and has also faced criticism from customers over the high-dollar fundraiser.