The Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Rowdies are speaking out against systemic and institutionalized racism, and are putting significant funding behind those words.
The Major League Baseball and United Soccer League teams are committing $100,000 per year to support causes in the fight against system racism, a statement said.
Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, we have engaged in conversations with community leaders and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
The Rays and Rowdies are issuing the following statement: pic.twitter.com/FxCmKn8Jll
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) June 2, 2020
Other local professional sports teams also are making statements about the Floyd killing. The Tampa Bay Lightning said it did not condone racism or social injustice of any kind, while team captain Steven Stamkos offered a personal pledge to continue to educate himself about racism.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) June 2, 2020
— Steven Stamkos (@RealStamkos91) June 2, 2020
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers posted a black box on Twitter, in support of #blackoutTuesday, designed as a collective action to protest racism and police brutality.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) June 2, 2020