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Speaking in New York City at an event, Stephen Ross said that all players will be standing during the 2018 season.
Ross said his feeling changed when he felt the message of the kneeling became a protest of the country and the military.
In the same interview, Ross said he had conversations with another South Florida sports owner – new Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter.
After defending his players and others across the league for taking a knee during the national anthem, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross seems to have had a change of heart.
Speaking in New York City at an event where he was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Ross said that all players will be standing during the 2018 season.
“Initially, I totally supported the players in what they were doing,” Ross said in an interview with the New York Daily News. “It’s America and people should be able to really speak about their choices.”
Ross said his feeling changed when he felt the message of the kneeling became a protest of the country and the military – a message that was promoted by President Donald Trump.
“When that message changed, and everybody was interpreting it as that was the reason, then I was against kneeling,” said Ross. “I like Donald (Trump). I don’t support everything that he says. Overall, I think he was trying to make a point, and his message became what kneeling was all about. From that standpoint, that is the way the public is interpreting it.”
Ross created a fund during the 2017 season for social justice programs and to help community groups promoting reforms and education – the same issues that players began kneeling about starting the season before.
In the same interview, Ross said he had conversations with another South Florida sports owner – new Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter – about running a team in the area.
“Miami is a great city. It’s not a great sports town,” said Ross. “(The Marlins) haven’t been winning. (Jeter) has to start all over again. I think you have to be patient and give him the time it’s going to take to build a winner. He’s a very smart, capable guy. He was a great baseball player. Hopefully he’ll be a great executive. The best way to get a fan base is to win. Winning solves all solutions.”