Published: Sun, August 11, 2019
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

David Chang calls on Stephen Ross to cancel Trump fundraiser

David Chang calls on Stephen Ross to cancel Trump fundraiser

News that Stephen Ross was scheduled to hold a fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his home in the Hamptons sparked a wave of backlash this week.

Stills spoke out on Twitter on Wednesday, saying that Ross' support of Trump does not align with the mission espoused by the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality. Ahead of the event, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills noted that Ross is founder of the nonprofit group RISE, which seeks to "eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations". "I have known Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on some issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions". "The one thing I said to Kenny was - I understand kind of where Kenny is coming from". There has to be more communication, more conversation, more. just more communication if we really want to make change. "And I wish he would have done that". Stills has also received many death threats over the past few years as he protested social injustice and systematic racism by kneeling during the national anthem.

He added that he likes to "engage directly and support the things I deeply care about", out of "deep concern for creating jobs and growing our country's economy". So, when TMZ asked him to share his feelings on Dolphins' owner, Stephen Ross, Rozay gave a blunt, but honest, answer.

"I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges". Stills continued his protest for the fourth consecutive season Thursday night.

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Stills and others have criticized Ross for supporting the president's re-election campaign during a week when a suspected gunman echoed Trump's anti-immigrant rhetoric to target Mexicans in the El Paso, Texas Walmart massacre that claimed 22 lives.

Stills, one of the more active players in the National Football League when it comes to social action, tweeted his feelings about the location of the fundraiser Wednesday.

Stills said Thursday he considered his remarks about Ross and activism "God's work", and that he was not concerned about potential punishment from the league or his team.

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