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Tampa Bay Sports Teams Pledge To Fund Removal Of Confederate Statue

The Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning donated money to remove the statue.

Tampa Bay Sports Teams Pledge To Fund Removal Of Confederate Statue

Tony Dungy pledged $5,000 for the removal of a Confederate statue in Tampa Bay. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.

The Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning released a joint statement today pledging to fund the removal of a Confederate statue in downtown Tampa Bay, Florida.


The funding comes just in time. Last month, city commissioners approved the removal of the statue and set a 30-day deadline to raise the $280,000 needed to remove the statue. After fundraising stalled recently, sports commentator and former NFL coach Tony Dungy pledged $5,000, prompting Tampa Bay’s local teams to join the efforts.

The Florida United Daughters of the Confederacy hope to relocate the statue — a memorial to Confederate soldiers — to the Brandon Family Cemetery, a privately owned cemetery.

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