MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores passionately defended his decision to play eight consecutive Jay-Z songs during practice on Tuesday, just one day after receiver Kenny Steals disregarded how he neglected the hop tycoon is engaging in his social justice partnership with the NFL.
Speaking of stunts, flooded into social media and the internet, many speculate about Flores' motives for seemingly trolling one of his veterans. On Thursday, after the Dolphins' 22-7 preseason win over the Jaguars, Flores was emotional in explaining his reasons for the action. He said criticism of whether he supports what Steals stands for is without merit.
"It was a challenge for Kenny to perform no matter what was going on outside," Flores said of playing Jay-Z's songs. "I would say that and I told him that. He did not introduce himself to this level through training camp or as I saw it. So it was a challenge ̵
At that time, the move seemed puzzling as it caused another scattering for the Dolphins team, which is strewn with storylines outside football this month. It was a distraction caused by Flores, made very visible to the media in response to something he was worried about could be a distraction for one of his players.
Flores' decision to play Jay-Z's songs in practice – a clear decision overnight, given the freshness of Stealth's comments on Jay-Z – could be seen as a former assistant patriot coach playing mind games the Jedi with one of their key players.
But Flores said he put his words behind. He made it clear that he feels like a Dolphins coach, he can motivate his players, no matter what he decides. He challenged Steals to the team after the Jay-Z playlist was made. Then, surprised by the media attention from the story, Flores said he confronted the team the next day to tell them he supported Stealth and the player's protest.
"We talked about it internally, and he was doing it internally," Stealth said. "For the most part, I think he saw if I could handle whether people would take me or play Jay-Z at another stadium. if I can be psychologically strong to handle such treatment. with that from 2016 – music, bush, race servants. So I don't think a little Jay-Z music will ruin my feathers that bad. "
Since 2016, Steals has been at the forefront of NFL player protest movement. In every game, including Thursday night, Steals has taken a knee during the anthem to report police brutality, social injustice and systemic oppression. He took a breath and explained why he was so concerned with the protests of Steals, Colin Kaepernick, and Eric Reed. "I'm the son of immigrants. I'm black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the era of stop and frisco. So I was stopped because I answered a description earlier. So whatever these guys are protesting, I have experienced it, I have experienced it. So I applaud the protest of these guys. So whether it's Copernicus or Eric Reed or Kenny, I applaud these guys. I told Kenny in our meeting in front of the whole team.
"I do not know how many people there are, but I have experienced it. So I understand why the guys are protesting. And it is important. And do you know what else is important to me? There are 89 guys in the locker room who rely on Kenny to open, catch the football and introduce himself to the team. This is important to me. And if anyone has a problem with that, then we just have a problem. We will agree to disagree. I feel this is important and that's where I stand on this thing. "
The Dolphins obviously want to keep going from now on and get back to football. Still, he said he didn't believe it was a big deal. " It's just music, "Stills said, adding that
The rest of the Dolphins' dressing room seems to be on the move, even
On Monday, Steals criticized Jay-Z for starting a social-justice partnership. with the NFL, in particular his remark that "we've gotten behind our knees and I think it's time to get into items that it can be used. "
" He is not an NFL player. He has never been on his knees, "Steals said earlier this week. … I wonder how many ordinary people he knows or talked to. with them. I wonder if he read my Facebook comments or my Instagram comments or some of the things people tell me. Say we move past something doesn't seem very informed. "