(CNN) — Miami Dolphins proprietor Stephen Ross has stepped down by the NFL’s social justice committee later he had been criticized for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.
Ross informed that the NFL and committee members last week he was stepping down to focus on his nonprofit, Ross Initiative at Sports for Equality (RISE), that empowers the sports 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 completely committed to this job that’s been achieved by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and instruction,” the statement said.
Even the NFL’s social justice strategy, which is composed of players and owners, focuses on encouraging attempts that”reduce barriers to chance, with a priority on supporting improvements in education and economic growth, community and police relations, and the criminal justice system.”
Chris Long, a part of the Players Coalition, a social justice and racial equality non-profit, told.
“He held a design for a man who called zoo players’sons of bitches’ + campaigned to allow them to shed jobs. The working group is involved. It’s possible to see that. I admire SR’s work w . Don’t get it? Can’t help,” Long, a yearlong Super Bowl champion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.
Ross is one of the most successful real estate developers in the country. He’s the majority owner of Companies, once the fitness center was valued at $505 million, a large property development firm that bought Equinox at 2005.
Equinox owns cycling studio SoulCycle and Blink Fitness to the funding gym series.
Until The Washington Post first reported he’d host the design for the President in the Hamptons ross had kept a relatively low profile.
Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills and others criticized for hosting the design, Ross. “You can’t have a non-profit with this assignment statement open up your doors to Trump,” Stills composed on Twitter.
The receiver said that he and Ross spoke about the design issue and agreed to disagree. Stills stated he received death threats over his position.
Customers also called for SoulCycle, in Addition to boycotts of Equinox and Blink Fitness
“Sorry @soulcycle… you can not peddle’inspiration’ on your classes and have an owner funding hate and racism in the back room,” actor Conrad Ricamora wrote. “Byyyeeeeeeeeeee.”
In an open letter to members about the backlash,” Equinox’s Executive Chairman Harvey Spevak apologized for the”impact it’s had on our area ”
“Mr. Ross isn’t the vast majority investor in Equinox,” wrote Spevak, who joined the company in 1999. “He is among the shareholders including myself. He doesn’t run the business. I do.”
He is donating it also will get money Although Equinox doesn’t conduct.
In a statement to CNN regarding the design, Ross stated:”I have always been an active participant in the democratic procedure.”
“I have understood Donald Trump for 40 years, and while we agree on a few issues, we strongly disagree on many others and I have not been bashful about expressing my opinions. … I’ve been, and will continue to function, an outspoken champion of civic equality, inclusion, diversity, public education and ecological sustainability, and that I have and will continue to support leaders on either side of the aisle to tackle these challenges,” the announcement said.