Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross finds himself removed from the league’s committee on social justice.
During an interview with Sports Illustrated, Chris Long said the NFL Social Justice Initiative recently got Ross to agree to remove himself from the group:
“Stephen made the decision last week and informed the NFL and members of the working committee that he was going to step aside from the group and continue to focus his efforts at RISE,” a Dolphins spokesperson said in a statement responding to Long’s comments.
“He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that has been done by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education.”
Once the story got out, the former NFL defensive end had to further explain why he needed to go on Twitter to the people who can’t understand the conflict of interests that is there with Ross vying for social justice all while a fundraiser for Donald Trump.
Ross issued a statement in response, via CBS Miami:
“I always have been an active participant in the democratic process. While some prefer to sit outside of the process and criticize, I prefer to engage directly and support the things I deeply care about.
“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.
“I started my business with nothing and a reason for my engagement with our leaders is my deep concern for creating jobs and growing our country’s economy.
“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.”