Dolphins owner Stephen Ross calls Kenny Stills to discuss the controversy over Ross’ fundraiser for Donald Trump.

TAMPA — Kenny Stills and Stephen Ross have talked out their differences.


“We agreed to disagree and that was it,” Stills said after Tuesday’s joint practice with the Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Stills, a receiver and social activist, ignited a controversy by calling out the Dolphins’ owner on Twitter for holding a fundraiser for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign at his home in The Hamptons on Friday.


Stills saw it as contradictory to the mission statement of Ross’ nonprofit, the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).


The Republican National Committee reported that Ross’ event, along with a second fundraiser that night, produced $12 million.


Stills texted Ross, who then called Stills to talk it out.


“There’s not much to argue about,” Stills said. “He has his feelings about it and he stands firm in that and I respect that. But I disagree and I told him there’s no hard feelings. There’s no beef and let’s win some games this year.”


After last week’s victory over the Atlanta Falcons, Stills revealed he had stepped away from any involvement in RISE because his “gut” told him to do so. This despite Stills winning the team’s community service award three consecutive years.


Stills elaborated on why he left RISE, saying he was turned off by “everything that’s kind of taken place from the time of the first protest all the way to now.” Stills plans to continue kneeling during the anthem this year to protest social injustice.


Although coach Brian Flores said he wished Stills had spoken privately with Ross rather than turn to social media, Stills said if he had to do it over, “I would do it the same. I definitely think from a professional matter, the right thing to do would have been to reach out to him first, but through conversations that we have and the history that we have, it gets to a point where I’m just a person that is sharing the message, letting other people know what’s happening and it’s not a secret.


“It wasn’t a secret that it was happening, so I just was the messenger.”


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