Wide receiver Kenny Stills says he and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross agree to disagree

Posted at 5:31 AM, Aug 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-15 05:31:11-04

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills says he and team owner Stephen Ross have agreed to disagree.

Last week Stills objected to Ross hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump, and said there was a contradiction in the Dolphins owner supporting both the president and racial equality. Following a team practice Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Stills said he recently spoke with Ross about the matter.

"I have my opinion, and he has his," Stills said. "Our conversation was short. We agreed to disagree, and we both said that there weren't any hard feelings, and our focus was on trying to win games this year."

Stills earlier noted Ross is the founder of RISE, a nonprofit that strives to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Ross last week said he's a champion of racial equality but also a longtime friend of Trump's.

The campaign fundraiser at Ross' home in the Hamptons, with tickets costing up to $250,000, was held Friday.

Stills has been outspoken on the issues of social justice, equality and discrimination. He said he and Ross can disagree and still move forward.

"A lot of the things that I've talked about are just on a basic level of being a human being, being respectful and really just caring about others, and trying to draw the line in the sand when it comes to hate and divisiveness and inciting violence," Stills said. "We're trying to encourage other people to do the same."