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Pro teams in Tampa Bay area helping pay to remove Confederate monument

Pro teams in Tampa Bay area helping pay to remove Confederate monument
Pro teams in Tampa Bay area helping pay to remove Confederate monument
Posted at 8:28 AM, Aug 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-18 04:32:48-04

(WTXL) - Confederate monuments spurred the protests in Charlottesville.

Now the three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area are pitching in to help remove a Confederate monument from their city.

The NFL's Buccaneers, NHL's Lightning and Rays of major league baseball issued a joint statement saying they are recognizing the monument does not reflect the values of the community.

The teams' announcement came a day after commissioners, gave fundraisers 30 days to collect $140,000, which is about half of what's needed to relocate the monument.

Bob Gries, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, gave $50,000 to the fund.

The fund has surpassed the $140,000 goal in less than one day.