08/17 13:58 CDT Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal
Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) --- 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 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.