Sunday, December 17, 2017
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rays, Bucs and Lightning join Dungy in donating to move Confederate monument

The Tampa Bay area's three major league sports teams have pledged their financial support in moving a Confederate monument out of downtown Tampa.

A joint statement released by the Tampa Bay Rays, Buccaneers and Lightning says that "this monument does not reflect the values of our community" and that all three organizations have "dedicated funds to assist in moving the statue from the public space" in front of the old Hillsborough County courthouse.

In a divisive 4-2 vote Wednesday, county commissioners gave fundraisers 30 days to collect $140,000, about half of what's needed to relocate the monument to a small family cemetery in Brandon. If they couldn't raise it, the monument would stay outside the old county courthouse in downtown Tampa.

Fundraisers appeared to surpass that goal on Thursday when Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Chairman Mike Griffin announced a $70,000 donation, which would push the campaign over its goal when coupled with a $50,000 donation from Tampa businessman and former Tampa Bay Storm owner Bob Gries and other grass roots fundraising.

Earlier Thursday, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach and Tampa resident Tony Dungy announced publicly today that he'd be contributing $5,000 to a fund to move the monument and said he challenged the Bucs Rays and Lightning to help.

The Buccaneers and Rays organizations had both previously said they supported removing the statue back in July, though the Lightning had declined to weigh in on the debate at that time.

As of 2:30 p.m., the Go Fund Me page that Dungy tweeted out had more than $50,000 in donations from close to 700 people.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn posted to social media a picture of a signed check from him for $1,000 to the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and shared a link to the same Go Fund Me campaign.

Lightning wing J.T. Brown, one of only 30 African American players in the NHL, decided to get involved as well, donating $1,500 of his own money. Watching the violent protests in Charlottesville from his offseason home in Minneapolis, Brown said one of his first thoughts was how difficult it would be for him and his wife, Lexi, to explain to their eight-week-old daughter, Lily, why such a tragic event occurred.

"For me, that kind of re-motivated me to make sure I'm doing everything I can to make sure the community is a better place for her and everyone," Brown said.

MORE

RAISING FUNDS: Tampa investor gives $50K to remove monument, Buckhorn posts photo of his $1K check

VOTE: Hillsborough will leave Confederate monument up if it can't get money to remove it

MORE DUNGY: The answer to racial strife? Dungy offers his at Tampa forum

Comments

Bucsí Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David out for Mondayís game vs. Falcons

TAMPA ó As if containing All-Pro Julio Jones and the Falcons offense isnít challenging enough, the Bucs will try to do so Monday night without perhaps their top defensive players, tackle Gerald McCoy and linebacker Lavonte David.On Saturday, Bucs coa...
Updated: 4 hours ago
McCoy, David, Hargreaves all out Monday against Falcons

McCoy, David, Hargreaves all out Monday against Falcons

As if containing Julio Jones and the Falcons offense weren't challenging enough, the Bucs will try to so Monday night without perhaps their top two defensive players in DT Gerald McCoy and LB Lavonte David.Bucs coach Dirk Koetter on Saturday ruled bo...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Bucsí Ward glad to be back, eager for rematch with brother Terron

Bucsí Ward glad to be back, eager for rematch with brother Terron

Bucs safety T.J. Ward will make a healthy return Monday after missing two games with a concussion, and it's also a chance to face his brother Terron, a running back with the Falcons."Our whole family's going to be there, rooting us on," T.J. said aft...
Updated: 9 hours ago
Jones: Tony Dungy didnít leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

Jones: Tony Dungy didnít leave the Bucs on the clearance rack

It is and always will be the greatest debate in Tampa Bay sports history.Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy?You donít even need to say anything more than that. Bucs fans already know what youíre talking about.Gruden or Dungy?Who was most responsible for the on...
Published: 12/16/17
Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

Jon Gruden or Tony Dungy? Why the debate rages on

TAMPA — Bucs coach Jon Gruden did not win the Super Bowl with Tony Dungy’s team. Don’t believe me? Ask Dungy. "It wasn’t. They did a great job. They took it and tweaked it," Dungy said. "The same way I got a great (Colts) tea...
Published: 12/16/17
Staff writers pick sides (kind of) in the Dungy-Gruden debate

Staff writers pick sides (kind of) in the Dungy-Gruden debate

Even with ó perhaps especially with óJon Gruden set to be inducted into the Bucs Ring of Honor Monday night, Tampa Bayís Great Sports Debate hasnít abated. Who deserves more credit for the biggest moment in Tampa Bay sports history ó the Bucsí Super ...
Published: 12/16/17
Nobody has Jameis Winstonís back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody has Jameis Winstonís back more than Dirk Koetter, offensive coordinator Todd Monken insists

Nobody is a bigger supporter of Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston than head coach Dirk Koetter.That was the passionate message that offensive coordinator/receivers coach Todd Monken unloaded at his news conference Friday, saying that reports that Winst...
Published: 12/15/17
Updated: 12/16/17
Bucs journal: Adarius Glantonís experience could come in handy for ailing LB corps

Bucs journal: Adarius Glantonís experience could come in handy for ailing LB corps

TAMPA ó The Bucsí linebacker depth was tested during the first five weeks of the season, when Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander missed a combined six games with injuries.And now, as David is again sidelined by a hamstring injury, the experience gained...
Published: 12/15/17
Cannon Fodder podcast: Letís revisit Monday night games in Bucsí past

Cannon Fodder podcast: Letís revisit Monday night games in Bucsí past

Times Bucs writer Greg Auman has injury updates on Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy and a nostalgic trip through the Bucsí history on Monday night, including the current three-game win streak and yes, that infamous 2003 Colts game where the Bucs were u...
Published: 12/15/17
Why the Bucs need a Dungy more than a Gruden

Why the Bucs need a Dungy more than a Gruden

TAMPA ó The worst week of Dirk Koetterís life rolls on.Itís Gruden Week, just like Shark Week, only with smaller teeth and a bigger playbook. Itís the big build-up to Grudenís induction into the Buc Ring of Honor this Monday night, with the accompany...
Published: 12/15/17