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Equinox protest in West Hollywood over Miami Dolphins owner's fundraiser for Trump

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Patty Aguilar | 11 August, 2019, 18:25

The protest Friday evening came after Equinox owner Stephen Ross - also the owner of the Miami Dolphins - hosted a fundraiser for the president at his Hamptons estate.

Earlier this week, the receiver told the Palm Beach Post he'd be open to speaking with an Ohio elected official who blamed National Football League players kneeling during the anthem (along with gay people, video games, "drag queen advocates", Democrats, marijuana and "the culture") for recent mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio.

That has included death threats.

The Dolphins' 34-27 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in their preseason opener became a footnote in comparison to Stills making a continued strong stand for what he believes in - even if it calls out his boss.

Ross is the founder and chairman of the Related Cos., the parent company of Equinox and SoulCycle and investor in Momofuku and other restaurants through his company RSE Ventures.

"You can't have a non-profit with this mission statement then open your doors to Trump", Stills wrote on Twitter.

He said he was "baffled" seeing the work that RISE did to eliminate racial discrimination and comparing it with the work that President Trump has done. It's just like, 'Hey, these two things don't align. "He's probably more inclined to be a liberal if you want to know the truth, but he likes me, he respects me".

"I am here to make sure people know where the money is going".

"The tweet doesn't, like, put me against Mr. Ross", Stills said, according to ESPN.

"I always have been an active participant in the democratic process", Ross said.

"I have been, and will continue to be, an outspoken champion of racial equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and environmental sustainability, and I have and will continue to support leaders on both sides of the aisle to address these challenges", Ross said.

"Stephen Ross is a great friend of mine", Trump told reporters at the White House prior to attending the fundraiser. But it has always been bigger than football for Stills, who says he is not anxious about any potential punishment for his words. I understand him wanting to be a voice for people who don't have a voice. I'm not here to have any divisive conversations or get back in this back and forth about politics.

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