Owner of Miami Dolphins Takes a Stand Against Racism
by laplantevin on October 18, 2015 - 2:02pm
The article: “Owner of Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross creates non-profit, RISE to fight bullying and racism” was written by Rebecca Lee and was published October 16th, 2015. The author discusses racist events which occurred in the history of the team and the efforts made by the current owner to make sure this sort of conduct is never seen in sports again. In 2013, the Miami Dolphins were implicated in a scandal when one of their players quit mid-season. Jonathan Martin claimed he had received several racist comment from one of his teammates; Richie Icognito. The attacks became so severe that Martin resolved to quit his million dollar job. After a long investigation carried out by the NFL, Icognito was suspended for 3 months without salary.
It is in the past year that Stephan Ross owner of the Dolphins created his non-profit organisation. The organisation called “The Ross Initiative for Sports for Equality” aims at advancing race relations through organised sports. Ross teamed up with several sports leagues and professional athletes to raise awareness in schools all around the United States. In a recent interview, Ross claimed that sports should be a place of racial equality. Your skin color does not affect how good of a player you are. This claim can easily be related to that made by Audrey Smedley in the article “Race and the Construction of Human Identity”. Smedley states that “Race is a cultural invention, that it bears no intrinsic relationship to actual human physical variations”. Speed, strength, and awareness are all very dangerous weapons in every sport. Only hard work and dedication, can help a player develop these traits. It most certainly has nothing to do with “race”.
I believe Stephen Ross is doing very good work for the sports community. I also think it is a very good way for him to respond the scandal his team was involved in. It shows that he recognizes the fact that racism is a problem in sports and that he wants to take a stand against it. In addition, it will maybe insight other sports team to also rise up and fight racial inequality. I believe racism will always be present but by raising awareness it can certainly be decreased. It is very important that incidents like the one implicating Jonathan Martin and Richie Icognito be denounced and in my opinion, punished more severely. Professional athletes such as Richie Icognito are role models for children and young athletes. Behaviour like his does not have its place in sports or life in general, especially when you are a public figure.
Lee, R. (2015, October 16). Owner of Miami Dolphins Stephen Ross creates non-profit, RISE to fight bullying and racism. Retrieved October 18, 2015, from http://www.cbsnews.com/news/owner-of-miami-dolphins-stephen-ross-creates...