Tampa sports teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal
Franchises recognize 'that this monument does not reflect the values of our community'
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."
A joint statement from us, <a href="https://twitter.com/RaysBaseball">@raysbaseball</a>, & <a href="https://twitter.com/TBBuccaneers">@tbbuccaneers</a> regarding the movement to remove the Confederate monument from downtown Tampa. <a href="https://t.co/U87JQsYXO4">pic.twitter.com/U87JQsYXO4</a>—@TBLightning
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.
Our County says private $$ must be raised to move Confederate statue. Lauren and I are in for $5K. We challenge Bucs Rays Lightning to help! <a href="https://t.co/dGRd1BTFkp">pic.twitter.com/dGRd1BTFkp</a>—@TonyDungy
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.