Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and wide receiver Kenny Stills have not been on the same page when it comes to Stills talking about systemic racism. A couple of weeks ago, Flores delivered a warning with weak sauce when Stills criticized owner Stephen Ross's strong support for Donald Trump's reelection campaign. Now, after Stills criticized the presentation of the NFL's sleazy new media deal with Roc Nation, Flores seems to have found an even more cumbersome way to reach his receiver.
On Monday, Stills talked about the league's incredible live games as hell's entertainment / social justice event, and especially with how it was portrayed by Jay-Z and Roger Goodell. Stills took special exception to Jay-Z's line of now being "time for action", and some poorly defined "we" who have "moved past the knee." To Stills, this point echoes essentially the bad faith arguments of MAGA shitheads, such as We have lazy and wrongly accused NFL players who protest police brutality and systemic racism during pre-national anthem ceremonies to prefer symbolic action over real action. From an ESPN summary:
"Some of the ways he answered his questions and talked about moving past our knees, which he ever protested. He's not an NFL player. He has never been on one knee. He chooses to speak for the people he had spoken to. … I wonder how many ordinary people he knows or has talked to. I wonder if he has read my Facebook comments or my Instagram comments or any of the things people say to me. To say that we are moving past something, it did not seem so informed.
"I felt that [Jay-Z] really discredited Colin [Kaepernick] and myself and the work being done in our communities," said Stills, who has been the Dolphins biennial Walter Payton Man of the Year because of the work he does in society.
Stills was less lenient and more willing to extend the benefit of the doubt to Jay -Z than Panther's safety and college protester, Eric Reid, but he reluctantly described the NFL collaboration as "shifting the problem on Roc Nation and Shawn Carter's shoulders instead of themselves." While still composing himself, he thought about answering difficult questions about sleaziness in the league that employs him; his head coach was busy putting together an exercise playlist that really seems like it was designed to get under Still's skin. Check out this shit:
Dolphins was reportedly that this music selection was not designed "not to respect Stills", but best anyone could come up with is that Flores made perhaps a cosmic brain attempt to prepare Stills for distractions by public noise. Flores himself has not explained the playlist, and team spokesmen reportedly "had no explanation." I'm sure it was just a harmless coincidence! So everything is just weird in Miami, from the sound of it.