Another NFL player is engulfed in a tailspin of controversy after publicly denouncing the support of U.S. President Donald Trump.
A national news outlet reported on Thursday (August 9) that Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills (pictured) recently used Twitter to express his distaste for Dolphins owner Stephen Ross.
Ross hosted a pro-Trump fundraiser, which was held in the Hamptons on Friday (August 10). The campaigning event was listed as having a $250,000 dollar package available for attendees, which included lunch, photo opportunities, and private “round table meetings.”
Recently, Stills, 27, tweeted a flyer for the Dolphins owner’s pro-Trump fundraiser and captioned in with the words: “You can’t have a non profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump.”
However, Stills’ words on Twitter subsequently netted him almost a dozen death threats in the form of comments on his post. The wide out confirmed what happened in an interview with ESPN.
“Someone has to have enough courage to let him know he can’t play both sides of this. It’s something that I can look back on and say I made the right decision,” Stills told ESPN.
Maybe I shouldn’t have done it on social media, but I did. If you’re going to associate yourself with bad people, then people are going to know about it. I put it out there for everybody to see it,” he continued.
The 79-year-old Ross is a real estate development magnate who has a net worth of nearly $8 billion dollars. He claims to have a friendship with Trump that goes back four decades. Ross fired back in the form of a statement in which he denies any wrongdoing.
“I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others,” Ross stated.
“I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability…[I] will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges,” he continued.
Some of the cultural observers who support Stills fear he could face the same career fate as former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Like Kaepernick, Stills exercises his right to kneel during National Anthem performances prior to professional football games.
The U.S. National Anthem was written in 1812 by Francis Scott Key, a colonial era slave owner and former anti-abolitionist federal prosecutor.
Kaepernick, Stills, and other NFL have taken a knee during the Anthem to protest both the historical and ongoing racially-motivated injustice in America, which has systematically oppressed the poor, as well as people of color.