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Dolphins' Kenny Stills wonders why more pro athletes aren't fighting against social injustices

Omar Kelly, Sun Sentinel on

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Miami Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills continues to express his disappointment that more of his peers haven't spoken up against social injustices or protested during the playing of the national anthem before NFL games.

During a series of tweets posted on Tuesday, Stills asked "do you not believe there's a problem? Do you not believe you can create a change?"

"Are you worried about sponsors or your contract? Do you not care?" Stills wrote in a series of posts that were likely directed to his fellow NFL players. "Why hasn't the 1/8NFL3/8 ever released a statement condemning the unarmed shootings of our people? The league could've easily written a positive narrative about 1/8Colin Kaepernick3/8 and what he started. They chose to stay neutral. Why is that?

"How can we expect the league to care about something we're not showing we care about?" Stills wrote in the final post on the subject before responding to a tweet saying he is "curious" if athletes from other professional leagues will become more involved in creating awareness to social injustices taking place in America.

Last month Stills, who was one of four Dolphins players who took a knee during last year's regular-season opener to join Kaepernick's crusade against social injustice, said that he was proud of the 12 Cleveland Browns players who knelt in prayer during the national anthem before the Browns' preseason game against the New York Giants.

That protest took place in the days that followed the white nationalists rallies in Charlottesville, Va., and outside South Carolina's statehouse in defense of the Confederate flag and monuments.

"It's pretty alarming that we've got a league that's majority African-American, and we didn't have many guys that were getting involved. I was pretty excited and encouraged by 1/8the Browns3/8," said Stills, who the Dolphins re-signed to a four-year, $32 million contract this past offseason. "People were saying that they are praying for our country and I support that as well."

Stills, who won the Dolphins' Nat Moore Community Service Award for his charitable work last season, plans to take his activism to the next level this year, and remains active in the South Florida community.

 

Stills and safety Michael Thomas knelt all last season, but neither did so during Miami's four preseason games this year.

Stills, who caught 42 passes for 726 yards and led the team with nine touchdowns in 2016, said he doesn't plan to kneel because "the narrative was going the wrong way," referring to the perspective that those NFL players who were kneeling were being unpatriotic.

"I felt people were being distracted by the kneeling and not the work we were doing," said Stills, who participated in numerous programs associated with Dolphins owner Steve Ross' Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), a multi-pronged program designed to help children combat racism and stop bullying. "I'm trying to get it back going the right way. As long as they start getting themselves involved in the community and doing the work people can't have anything negative to say about that."

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