It turns out that publicly criticizing your employer, may not be such a great career enhancer after all. After a highly publicized and highly political riff with Dolphins Owner Stephen Ross, Miami is reportedly looking to part ways with wide receiver Kenny Stills.
Earlier this month, Stills, one of the few remaining anthem protesters in the league, publicly took Dolphins Owner and Trump supporter Stephen Ross to task for hosting a fundraiser in the president’s honor at his home in The Hamptons. Less than three weeks later, and a report in the Miami Herald suggests that Stills could very soon find himself without a spot on the roster.
Specifically, Stills ripped Ross for heading up a non-profit geared towards spreading equality, while hosting a fundraiser for Trump.
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 7, 2019
It’s unclear what Stills believes is hypocritical about Ross raising money for Trump while promoting equality. The Miami owner’s relationship with the president did not prevent him from hiring a black general manager and a black head coach, the only team in the league to have such an arrangement.
Stills’ public shot at Ross angered head coach Brian Flores, who said he wished the player had confronted the owner privately, as opposed to taking the issue public. Last week, tensions seemed to mount after Flores played eight Jay-Z songs consecutively at the team’s practice. A move believed by many to be a direct shot at Stills, who had criticized the rapper and his social justice deal with the NFL only the day before.
Despite the Dolphins clear desire to net a draft pick in return for Stills, it’s unlikely another team would surrender a valuable pick if they feel Miami is likely to cut him anyway.
Stills had 553 receiving yards in 2018, and six touchdowns in 2018.
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