Dolphins’ Brian Flores says Jay-Z playlist was a ‘challenge’ to Kenny Stills
In a practice leading up to the third preseason game for the Dolphins, it was reported that Brian Flores may have been trying to play some head games with receiver Kenny Stills. It was by playing eight consecutive songs by Jay-Z. This came only days after Stills was vocal about his displeasure in seeing the rap icon partnering with the NFL.
However, Flores wasn’t trying to punish his deep threat receiver but was instead challenging him.
“So after the playlist was done, what you guys don’t know is I walked up to Kenny in front of the entire group and said, this is a challenge to you to get open, catch the football and make plays for this team regardless of what’s going on outside of this building,” Flores said per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.
But Flores didn’t expect this to get as much publicity as it did. The next day, he would go on to show that he supports the movement that the players are doing in being critical on situations outside of the league and that he understands where they’re coming from.
“I’m the son of immigrants. I’m black. I grew up poor. I grew up in New York during the stop-and-frisk era, so I’ve been stopped because I fit a description before. So everything that these guys protest, I’ve lived it. I’ve experienced it. So, yeah, I applaud those guys who protest,” Flores said.
Flores isn’t apologizing for singling Stills out and having this happen either. He elaborates that once again that it was a challenge for the veteran receiver and that he wants him to perform at the level that he’s expected to perform.