Former football player and NFL head coach Tony Dungy issued a challenge to the professional sports teams in Tampa, Florida, including the Rays, Buccaneers, and the Lightning to help finance the removal of a Confederate statue in front of a Tampa courthouse, reports ESPN.
On Wednesday, the Hillsborough County commissioners voted against using public money to remove the monument, saying that the county would not foot the $140,000 necessary to move the statue. They also said that if the money was not fronted in the next 30 days, the statue likely would not move.
Dungy sent a tweet to his followers saying that he was donating $5,000 to the statue's removal.
The three professional teams responded in a big way, saying they were working with the city's chamber of commerce to get the statue moved.
The statue will reportedly be moved to a small cemetery in nearby Brandon, Florida.