Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross steps down from the NFL's social justice committee

    Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross

    (CNN)Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross has stepped down from the NFL's social justice committee after he was criticized for hosting a fundraiser for President Donald Trump.

    Ross told the NFL and committee members last week he was stepping down to focus on his nonprofit, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), which empowers the sports community to tackle racial discrimination and social justice, Dolphins spokesman Jason Jenkins said in a statement to CNN Sports on Wednesday.
    "He believes in and is still fully committed to the work that has been done by the group and will always be a passionate supporter and tireless advocate for social justice causes, the fight for equal rights and education," the statement said.
      The NFL's social justice committee, which is made up of players and owners, focuses on supporting efforts that "reduce barriers to opportunity, with a priority on supporting improvements in education and economic development, community and police relations, and the criminal justice system."
      Chris Long, a member of the Players Coalition, a social justice and racial equality non-profit, told Sports Illustrated the organization got Ross to agree to be removed from the committee.
      "He held a fundraiser for a guy who called protesting players 'sons of bitches' + campaigned for them to lose jobs. The working group is directly involved. You can see how that's a conflict of interest that transcends politics. I respect SR's work w RISE. Don't get it? Can't help," Long, a two-time Super Bowl champion wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.