Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross released a statement Saturday in the wake of President Donald Trump’s comments against players kneeling during the national anthem.
Ross spoke about the intelligent players on the Dolphins who have taken a knee during the national anthem and about how America needs “unifying leadership.”
“Our country needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness. We need to seek to understand each other and have civil discourse instead of condemnation and sound bites. I know our players who kneeled for the anthem, and these are smart young men of character who want to make our world a better place for everyone.”
Statement from Miami Dolphins Owner and Founder of Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) Stephen Ross. pic.twitter.com/6W3mXwJO6M
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) September 23, 2017
Ross was the first owner to release a statement Saturday. Earlier in the day, the NFL released commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement in response to President Trump, which said, in part: “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.”
Many in the NFL, and others across the country, are angry after President Trump said on Friday, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now.”
On Saturday, he doubled down on that statement.
Update: San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York released a statement calling President Trump’s comments “callous and offensive.”
— Jed York (@JedYork) September 23, 2017