The Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers, and Lightning donated money to remove the 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.
A joint statement from us, @raysbaseball, & @tbbuccaneers regarding the movement to remove the Confederate monument… https://t.co/zAT7oOPXVJ— Tampa Bay Lightning (@Tampa Bay Lightning)1502993584.0
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.