(CNN) — Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has stepped down from the NFL’s social justice committee later he had been criticized for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
Ross told the NFL and committee members a week that he was stepping down to focus on his nonprofit, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), that empowers the sport community to tackle racial discrimination and social justice,” Dolphins spokesman Jason Jenkins said in a statement to CNN Sports on Wednesday.
“He believes in and is still completely committed to this job that’s been accomplished by the team and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education,” the statement said.
Even the NFL’s social justice strategy, which is composed of owners and players, concentrates on encouraging efforts that”reduce obstacles to chance, with a priority on supporting improvements in schooling and economic growth, police and community relations, and also the criminal justice system”
A member of the Players Coalition, chris Long, a social justice and racial equality nonprofit, told Sports Illustrated the company got Ross to agree to get taken out of the committee.
“He held a fundraiser for a guy who predicted protesting players’sons of bitches’ + campaigned for them to shed jobs. The working group is involved. You can see how that’s a conflict of interest that transcends politics. I respect the work w of SR RISE. Do not get it? Can not assist,” Long, a yearlong Super Bowl champion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ross is among the most successful real estate developers. He’s the majority owner of Related Companies, once the gym has been valued at $505 million, a property development firm that bought Equinox at 2005.
Equinox possesses the budget gym chain Blink Fitness and cycling studio SoulCycle.
Before The Washington Post first reported he’d host the design for the President from the Hamptons Ross’d kept a low profile.
Many others and dolphins recipient Kenny Stills criticized for hosting the design, Ross. “You can not have a non-profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump,” Stills wrote on Twitter.
The receiver said that Ross and he spoke about the fundraiser issue and agreed to disagree. Stills said he received death threats.
Customers also called for SoulCycle, in Addition to boycotts of Equinox along with Blink Fitness
“Sorry @soulcycle… you can’t peddle’inspiration’ in your courses and also have an owner funding hate and racism from the back room,” celebrity Conrad Ricamora wrote. “Byyyeeeeeeeeeee.”
In an open letter to members about the backlash,” Equinox’s Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak apologized for the”effect it’s had on our community.”
“Mr. Ross isn’t the majority investor at Equinox,” wrote Spevak, who joined the business in 1999. “He’s one of the shareholders including myself. He does not run the firm. I really do.”
Though Equinox does not operate, he will be now devoting it and will get funds.
In a statement to CNN about the design, Ross stated:”I’ve always been an active man in the democratic process.”
“I have known Donald Trump for 40 decades, and while we agree on a few problems , we strongly disagree on many others and I have never been bashful about expressing my opinions. … I have already been, and will continue to function, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to encourage leaders on either side of the aisle to address these challenges,” the statement said.

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