On Saturday, the Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen Ross, gave his take on Trump’s bizarre rant from Friday’s Alabama rally.
Ross is the founder of a nonprofit organization called RISE. The organization uses the unifying power of sports to improve race relations and encourage social progress.
Below is Ross’ full statement:
Statement from Miami Dolphins Owner and Founder of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) Stephen Ross. pic.twitter.com/6W3mXwJO6M
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2017
Ross is one of the many that criticized Trump’s comments.
Jed York, the CEO of the 49ers, said that Trump’s comments were “callous and offensive.” He also added that they will continue to “support players in their peaceful pursuit of positive change in the country and around the world.”
Mark Murphy, Green Bay Packers CEO stated, “It’s unfortunate that the president decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”
The NFL Players Association made it clear that they support the players to exercise their right to free speech.
DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association stated, “The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history.”
On Sunday, before the game against the New York Jets, during the national anthem, Ross stood linked arm-in-arm with his players.
Below is a video of Ross standing with his players:
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 24, 2017
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