Let’s lay out the facts first, professional athletes and team owners are not cut from the same cloth and will more times than not have varying viewpoints and contradicting opinions. This happens in all walks of life from you and your manager or you and your parent’s people from different generations and backgrounds will always clash on certain topics. This has never been more present however than in today’s professional sports.
I don’t want to single out any one string in this tangled web of a life we live today but at the forefront of this issue is the NFL. A main cog of this issue is obviously social media and the instant access people have to thousands and sometimes millions of people with a quick tap of a few phone keys. We all know the Colin Kaepernick situation and just recently Kenny Stills has made headlines for openly criticizing his team owner for hosting a fundraiser for Trump. What I think a lot of people are getting wrong and especially the media is that Stills is not criticizing Stephen Ross for simply having the fundraiser what he is criticizing is Ross has a foundation which by its own description stands to “harness the unifying power of sports to improve race relations” and he doesn’t agree with the President’s stance on this issue. To Stills, Ross is contradicting his own message by hosting this fundraiser. On the other hand Ross motives for the fundraiser I’m sure go beyond politics and he is entitled to make his own decisions and really do as he pleases and hosting the fundraiser also might not necessarily mean Ross agrees with Trumps views on this particular issue either.
While I think Stills makes a very good point where this entire story goes sideways is him tweeting about it and not taking it up with Ross individually or with team officials who could have had good feedback from both sides. Once you throw something out in the twittersphere there is no coming back and your words have spread to places you didn’t even know exist. I applaud Stills for using his platform to stand for what he believes in and not hiding his opinion but I think, as with most issues these days, it could have been handled better with a 1 on 1. If you wanted to tweet after the fact about the constructive meeting you had with each other than great that is a positive message but throwing more fuel on the fire that currently burns at the underbelly of this issue is not always the best route to go. Still I hope some positivity will come from this and player and owner can find common ground.