The owner of the Miami Dolphins backtracked from his previous patriotic comments this week; confirming he has “no intention” of requiring his players to stand during the performance of the US national anthem.
Owner Stephen Ross made headlines Monday when he announced “all of his players will be standing” when the ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ rings out during the upcoming 2018 football season.
Ross back-pedaled from his patriotic rhetoric within hours, claiming his “comments had been misconstrued.”
“I have no intention of forcing our players to stand during the anthem and I regret that my comments have been misconstrued,” said a statement from Ross. “I’ve shared my opinion with all our players: I’m passionate about the cause of social justice and I feel that kneeling is an ineffective tactic that alienates more people than it enlists.”
“I know our players care about the military and law enforcement too because I’ve seen the same players who are fighting for social justice engaging positively with law enforcement and the military,” he added.