Tampa Bay sports teams donate to move Confederate statue

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Tony Dungy Tampa Bay sports teams donate to move Confederate statue Tampa Bay sports teams donate to move Confederate statue tony dungyScott Halleran/Getty Images

Tony Dungy and the sports franchises of Tampa Bay are all
chipping in to help pay for the relocation of a Confederate
statue that currently sits outside a local county
courthouse.

According to a local Fox
affiliate
, the move was initially planned after a commission
voted 4-2 that the Florida Daughters of the
Confederacy could relocate the monument to the Brandon
Family Cemetery, with the key note that no public funds could be
used in the process.

The move is estimated to cost $280,000 and efforts to
fundraise had not been very successful until former Buccaneers
coach and current Tampa-area citizen Tony Dungy stepped up and
brought some attention to the issue, pledging $5,000 to the cause
and challenging the Rays, Lightning, and Buccaneers to help out
with funds as well.

Dungy’s donation came after the commission put a deadline on the
statue’s removal, adding urgency to the fundraising effort.
Just a few hours later, the teams answered the call, releasing a
joint statement:

While it’s still not clear if the final financial goal has been
met and if so, when the relocation would take place, with
the support of Dungy and the sports franchises bringing the issue
into wider awareness, it looks likely that the move will take
place.



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