(CNN) — Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross has resigned in the NFL’s social justice committee after he was criticized for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
Ross informed the NFL and committee members last week he was stepping down to concentrate on his nonprofit, Ross Initiative at Sports for Equality (RISE), that enables the sport community to tackle racial discrimination and social justice, Dolphins spokesman Jason Jenkins explained in a statement to CNN Sports on Wednesday.
“He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that’s been accomplished by the group and will stay a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the struggle for equal rights and education,” the statement said.
Even the NFL’s social justice strategy, which is made up of players and owners, concentrates on encouraging attempts that”reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority to supporting improvements in education and economic growth, police and community relations, and the criminal justice system.”
A member of the Players Coalition, chris Long, a social justice and racial equality non-profit, told.
“He also held a fundraiser for a guy who called zoo players’sons of bitches’ + campaigned to allow them to shed jobs. The group is directly involved. It is possible to see that. I admire the work w of SR . Do not get it? Can not assist,” Long, a yearlong Super Bowl champion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ross is one of the most successful property developers in the nation. He is the vast majority owner of Related Companies, a real estate development company that bought Equinox once the gym was valued at $505 million.
Equinox also owns Blink Fitness and cycling studio SoulCycle to the budget gym chain.
Ross’d kept a relatively low profile until The Washington Post reported he would host the fundraiser for the President.
Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills and many others criticized for hosting the design, Ross. “You can’t have a non-profit with this assignment statement then open up your doors to Trump,” Stills wrote on Twitter.
The receiver said that he and Ross spoke about the fundraiser issue and agreed to disagree. Stills said he received death threats over his position.
Clients also called for boycotts of Equinox, in Addition to SoulCycle and Blink Fitness
“Sorry @soulcycle… you can not peddle’inspiration’ on your courses and also have an owner funding hate and racism in the rear room,” actor Conrad Ricamora wrote. “Byyyeeeeeeeeeee.”
In an open letter to associates concerning the backlash, Equinox’s Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak apologized to the”effect it’s had on our network .”
“Mr. Ross isn’t the majority investor at Equinox,” composed Spevak, who joined the company in 1999. “He is one of the investors including myself. He fails to run the business. I really do.”
Despite the fact that Equinox does not run, he will be devoting it and does receive funds.
In a statement to CNN about the design, Ross explained:”I’ve been an active man in the democratic procedure.”
“I have understood Donald Trump for 40 decades, and while we agree on a few issues, we strongly disagree on a lot of others and I haven’t been shy about expressing my opinions. … I’ve been, and will continue to be, a vocal champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and that I have and will continue to encourage leaders on either side of the aisle to deal with these challenges,” the announcement said.

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