Owner of NFL’s Dolphins launches program to advance race relations

Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross looks on from the sideline in the final minutes of his team's loss to the New York Jets in their NFL football game in MiamiStephen Ross, owner of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, launched a nonprofit organization on Friday aimed at combating racism by using sports to promote "understanding, respect and equality." The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) has the backing of the country's major sports leagues and broadcasters. In 2013, the locker room of Ross's Dolphins was seen as a flashpoint of intolerance when offensive lineman Jonathan Martin abruptly left the team in the middle of the season, saying he was the victim of racial slurs and bullying.

October 16, 2015 10:21 pm

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