It looks like Kenny Stills and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross won’t be seeing eye-to-eye anytime soon when it comes to politics.
The Miami receiver said he talked with Ross over the phone to discuss Stills’ recent comments about Ross’ hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
“We agreed to disagree and that was it,” Stills said after practice Tuesday, via The Palm Beach Post. “There’s not much to argue about. He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that, and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.”
Stills, who is a known social activist, called out Ross on Twitter last week after it became public that Dolphins owner was hosting the Trump 2020 fundraiser at Ross’ Hamptons home last Friday.
Stills tweeted that Ross’ support of Trump contradicts the mission statement of his nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
The comments caused Ross to release a statement, saying that he and Trump have been friends for more than 40 years and while they agree on some things, “we strongly disagree on many others.”
Dolphins coach Brian Flores also addressed the issue, saying he wished Stills had privately addressed his concerns with Ross and not called him out publicly on social media.
Last week, Stills said he left RISE because of “everything that’s kind of taken place from the time of the first protest all the way to now.” He joined Colin Kaepernick and other athletes who started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial and social injustice.
Stills said he received death threats for his tweet calling out Ross and but added he still plans to continue to kneel during the national anthem this season.
“I definitely think from a professional matter, the right thing to do would have been to reach out to him first,” Stills said, “but through conversations that we have and the history that we have, it gets to a point where I’m just a person that is sharing the message, letting other people know what’s happening.”
Ross’ fundraiser for Trump raised $12 million, according to the Republican National Committee.