Kenny Stills says he received death threats over Ross-Trump situation

Henrietta Brewer
August 10, 2019

Ross defended his support of Trump in a statement Wednesday touting his friendship with Trump while allowing room to disagree. "It's about why are you trying to help this man raise money to continue to do the things he has been doing". "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 told reporters Thursday he's received "five to 10" death threats since publicly calling out his boss Wednesday after the Washington Post reported that Ross was hosting a fundraiser for Trump at his home in NY.

"If you're going to associate with bad people, then people are going to know about it", Stills told reporters (via the Miami Herald). He said he harbors no hard feelings toward the Dolphins owner, and said there has been little reaction from teammates to the situation.

Chrissy Teigen and Billy Eichner are among the celebrities who have taken to social media to join the call for a boycott.

In a statement Ross said he has known Trump for 40 years. By the way, I think he's probably more inclined to be a liberal, if you want to know the truth but he likes me, he respects me.

Ross has a nonprofit with a mission statement that says "We are a national nonprofit that educates and empowers the sports community to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations". It's just like, 'Hey, these two things don't align.

"I've had people say, 'Hey, we were going to use you for business, but we found out you're a racist, '" Mr. Herricks, the owner of Precision Pipe Rentals, an oil and gas services company in San Antonio, said in an interview.

Meanwhile, Ross hasn't spoken to Stills in the two days since Stills spoke out. It's real. Everything that I do has been real from the very beginning.

Stills, an ally of former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has protested racial injustice and economic inequality by kneeling during the national anthem the past three seasons. But even with the potential backlash, Stills says his comments were not meant to be divisive. There's got to be more communication, more conversation, more communication if we want to really make change.

"I understand him wanting to be a voice for people who don't have a voice", Flores told reporters after the game. "I wish he would have done that". "I just try not to be a distraction to my teammates, and it hasn't been".

That has included death threats.

Flores' message was to keep it that way, Stills said.

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