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Kenny Stills takes issue with Dolphins owner hosting Trump fundraiser

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is planning to host a big-money fundraiser for Donald Trump, and one of the team’s players has taken issue with him doing so by specifically pointing out the nature of Ross’ nonprofit.

As originally noted by Deadspin, Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills took to Twitter to react to the news that Ross is hosting a $250,000-a-spot fundraiser in the Hamptons that benefits Trump’s reelection campaign. Stills highlighted in the tweet how Ross’ charity, RISE (Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality), has stated mission goals that he argues run contrary to Trump’s agenda.

Stills highlights in his tweet how RISE’s mission statement is stated in part as follows: “We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations.”

Trump has been a polarizing figure in the world of sports ever since he ascended to the presidency, and his heated rhetoric arguably has targeted the NFL more than any other league.

After all, Trump condemned league players for participating in protests during the national anthem, saying at a rally in Huntsville, Ala., in 2017 that NFL owners should fire any “son of a (expletive)” who participates in any such protests.

The war of words and animus between Trump and the NFL seemed to tone down a bit last season, but there clearly remains an undercurrent of unease toward the current occupant of the White House when it comes to the league’s players.