On Monday night, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation with its ROBIE Lifetime Achievement Award at a special event held at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. At the event, Ross told the New York Daily News, “All our players will be standing” in regards to players kneeling during the national anthem.
Additionally, Ross reportedly told the Daily News that he “totally supported the players in what they were doing” initially, but changed his opinion on the matter when he felt the message being sent by players kneeling was a protest against “support our country or the military.”
However, Ross has since issued another statement saying he has no intentions forcing Dolphins players to stand during the anthem. In the statement, which was issued by the team, Ross says his comments made to the Daily News were “misconstrued” and he will continue to support and fund efforts for those who fight for equality for all.