Tampa sports teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal

The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have "dedicated funds" to help remove a Confederate monument from the city.

Franchises recognize 'that this monument does not reflect the values of our community'

Marc Rodriguez, a member of the "Florida Fight for $15" organization stands in protest along with other activists to have a Confederate monument removed at the old Hillsborough County Courthouse in Tampa, Fla. Sports teams have banded together to dedicate funds to help in the removal of the statue. (Octavio Jones/The Associated Press)

The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have "dedicated funds" to help remove a Confederate monument from the city.

The NFL's Buccaneers, NHL's Lightning and Rays of Major League Baseball issued a joint statement Thursday saying they're working with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce because they're "recognizing that this monument does not reflect the values of our community."

The teams did not disclose how much money they would dedicate.

Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy tweeted that he would donate $5,000 US to help move the statue from its spot in downtown Tampa.

The teams' announcement came a day after commissioners, in a divisive 4-2 vote, gave fundraisers 30 days to collect $140,000, about half of what's needed to relocate the monument.

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