The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined the NHL’s Lightning and MLB’s Rays to contribute to an effort Thursday that will relocate a Confederate monument from downtown Tampa. After a white supremacy rally in Charlottesville, Va. over the weekend descended into chaos, citizens in Tampa asked Hillsborough County on Wednesday to relocate a monument from their city. The citizens were tasked with raising the money themselves for the statue to come down and just one day later, a $140,000 goal was reached. Among the donations was $5,000 from former Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy, who challenged the Buccaneers, Rays, and Lightning to help the cause. On Thursday, the three teams answered Dungy’s call and released
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.
The Jacksonville Jaguars can’t dance around it anymore: They have a quarterback issue. Jaguars coach Doug Marrone couldn’t ignore what everyone tuning into ESPN on Thursday night could plainly see, which was Blake Bortles misfiring on passes any NFL quarterback simply has to make. After the game, Marrone declared the Jaguars’ starting quarterback job up for grabs.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Backup quarterback Chad Henne got snaps with the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-team offense late in the first half of the team's game against Tampa Bay on Thursday night at EverBank Field. Though the team says the move was planned before the game, it does nothing to end the speculation that Blake Bortles' starting job could be jeopardy, especially in the wake of his performance against the Bucs. Bortles was an unimpressive 8-for-13 for 65 yards in four drives against the Bucs, all of which ended in punts. He also was sacked once. He has completed 11 of 18 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions in two preseason games. Henne threw two passes in his one drive
The Eagles and Bills meet up after their big trade … which could get awkward. Week 2 of the NFL preseason is here, and that means slightly longer cameos from some of the game’s biggest stars. Thursday night’s slate of games pairs some promising young quarterbacks against a handful of unsettled situations.
The Tampa Bay area's three major professional sports franchises announced Thursday that they would help fund moving a Confederate memorial statue out of downtown Tampa. In a joint statement issued via social media, the teams said they have "dedicated funds" to assist in moving the statue from the public space in front of the old Hillsborough County courthouse. The drive to move the statue comes amid heated rhetoric — from both defenders of such statues and those who seek to remove them from civic spaces — following violence last weekend in Charlottesville, Va., when white nationalists clashed with counter-protesters, purportedly over the city's statue of Robert E. Lee.
Hillsborough County, Florida had reached an agreement last month to move Memoria in Aeterna, a statue commemorating the Confederacy, from its current location in downtown Tampa to a family cemetery in Brandon, Florida. Shortly after Dungy’s tweet, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Bob Gries, the former owner of the Tampa Bay Storm arena football team, would be donating $50,000 to the effort.