Bucs create Social Justice Fund with $1 million commitment

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Earlier Tuesday, the Bears became the first team to announce they are maximizing the league’s social justice matching program.

Now, the Buccaneers and more than a dozen players have announced a year-long, player-led social justice program that doubles the commitment of the Bears and their players.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation’s Social Justice Fund, a campaign driven by Buccaneers players and matching contributions from the team, will commit more than $1 million to Tampa Bay-area charitable organizations. The Social Justice Initiative will include monthly events focused on youth empowerment, police relations, criminal justice reform, racial equality and workforce development.

“Today’s announcement is the culmination of many months of personal discussions and meetings with our players to devise a comprehensive, year-round program that touches a wide array of social justice issues throughout the Tampa Bay area,” Darcie Glazer Kassewitz, a team owner and president of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation, said in a statement. “I am proud of the hard work and passion that our players have put into this program and am excited to assist them in their goal of taking a leadership role to bring about positive change in our communities.”

DeSean Jackson, Gerald McCoy, Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith are on the team’s 2018 Social Justice Player Board. Accompanied by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan, they visited the Tampa Police Department’s Training Center for the announcement.

42 responses to “Bucs create Social Justice Fund with $1 million commitment

  1. Oh boy. It’s becoming a trend. First the Bears. Now the Bucs. I’m gonna sit back and watch heads explode!

    But they’ll find some reason to complain about this. They always do.

  2. What is social justice? More handouts? Less work and higher wages? Police not enforcing laws and patrolling high crime areas? Delusional ingrates..

  3. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    What is social justice? More handouts? Less work and higher wages? Police not enforcing laws and patrolling high crime areas? Delusional ingrates..

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    Liberals want a permanent Moocher Class

  4. nhpats says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Liberals NEED a permanent Moocher Class

    Fixed it for you.

  5. And to the ignorant neo-con, the world is black and white. Way to turn something positive into a negative. Not every team is filled with guys like Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Browner, Eugene Robinson and Josh Gordon.

    nhpats says:
    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    What is social justice? More handouts? Less work and higher wages? Police not enforcing laws and patrolling high crime areas? Delusional ingrates..

    —————

    Liberals want a permanent Moocher Class

  6. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    What is social justice? More handouts? Less work and higher wages? Police not enforcing laws and patrolling high crime areas? Delusional ingrates..

    nhpats says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm
    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:05 pm
    What is social justice? More handouts? Less work and higher wages? Police not enforcing laws and patrolling high crime areas? Delusional ingrates..

    —————

    Liberals want a permanent Moocher Class

    iamthegreatcornflorio says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    nhpats says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Liberals NEED a permanent Moocher Class

    Fixed it for you.
    #######################

    Is that why a majority of public assistance goes to GoP controlled states? The Kansas model is a failure.

  7. Social Justice is helping people who can’t take responsibility for their own actions so they blame other or are people who are the perpetually offended. It’s like dumping money in the garbage.

  8. iamthegreatcornflorio says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:21 pm
    nhpats says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Liberals NEED a permanent Moocher Class

    Fixed it for you.
    ________________________

    Billionaires need marks to maintain the status quo.

  9. The social justice crowd doesn’t care about any team, any person, or any group. Perpetually outraged in a moral panic, they are no better than the evangelacons of the late 90s early 2000s, the ‘satanic panic’ soccer moms of the 80s, or the ‘commies everywhere’ McCarthyists of the 50s. All they want is to label others negatively to make themselves feel superior, but these new moralists are the worst kind yet-they have no morals, just a flawed world view.

    The Bucs wasted a million dollars that could go to help actual people in need, don’t for one second believe the money will go to neutral outreach. It will go to political events disguised as outreach and there is a difference.

  10. Social Justice = Another name for giving money to those who have done nothing to help themselves but want free handouts or they will complain and are from the appropriate race.

  11. We have evidence on video tape of police behaving violently towards black males, and then denying the behavior that was captured on video. The police who commit these crimes are still learning that video makes it much harder to lie their way out of shameful behavior.

    Social Justice means correcting this situation and ensuring everyone gets equal protection under the law. It’s fantastic that the Bears and the Bucs are supporting this. However, there’s a lot of work to do – as evidenced by how frequently these incidents occur. What we really need is a change in our culture.

    Anyone who denies this injustice is happening is being willfully ignorant.

  12. Seriously how is a program that hopes to help get more black men and more police officers home safely at the end of the day a bad thing?

    The police officers and the players met behind closed doors to express their concerns and from what I heard, everybody listened.

    It’s just a start but if you think this is a bad idea, then YOU are the problem.

  13. I’ll hand it to them. My main problem with the protests is that they don’t put their money, time, or effort where their mouths are. If they don’t turn this into some police-bashing fund or organization, and instead work at community improvement, then good for them.

  14. @Ivan Pavlov & @Notlistinin: Both very excellently & factuality correct Post’s, Bravo-bravo! It’s always nice when Adults speak occasionally on PFT… Thank You

  15. I wonder what would have happened if the leaders in these communities preached the importance of taking responsibility for your own education, employment, and actions over the past 50 years versus the message to constantly look for every opportunity to blame someone for your own problems or shortcomings. It costs $0 and would be the most effective way to fix these problems, but unfortunately there is no money to be made or elections to be won when preaching about self-accountability.

  16. Good stuff. Anyone seen what Kaepernick is doing or is he just using his entitled mug to cash in on the publicity still?

    What a loser, but this is good stuff here, folks.

    Now fire Goodell.

  17. If these teams think giving money away to make the problem going away is going to work they are delusional. No matter what happens Malcolm Jenkins will still protest because it garners attention. The NFL just should have ignored it and made the players stay inside during the anthem. Then nobody would care.

  18. mrbiggstuff says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:02 pm
    Oh boy. It’s becoming a trend. First the Bears. Now the Bucs. I’m gonna sit back and watch heads explode!

    But they’ll find some reason to complain about this. They always do.

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    Not disrespecting the flag. That was definately bugging me.
    Not crying about protesting at work being some sort of first amendment right. Thats was ridiculous
    Actually putting themselves into doing something positive to help people. Thats what I was asking they switch to all along.

    This is all good! Im happy.

  19. So dumb I don’t even know where to start. The people who have a problem with law are the ones always breaking the law. Social justice? Racial equilty? Those are excuses.

  20. This is a great concept but let’s say all team run similar programs will some player still kneel or will the always kneel. I bet you could give them a billion dollars and ask them not to kneel and they still would because they would want 2 billion dollars then.

  21. Social justice. Not defined or identified. But hey, I’m having a feeling because of something I saw on tv and I don’t have a job and I’m triggered. Help me? Cash? Oh!!!!!!

  22. truthfactory says:
    September 18, 2018 at 8:42 pm
    I wonder what would have happened if the leaders in these communities preached the importance of taking responsibility for your own education, employment, and actions over the past 50 years versus the message to constantly look for every opportunity to blame someone for your own problems or shortcomings. It costs $0 and would be the most effective way to fix these problems, but unfortunately there is no money to be made or elections to be won when preaching about self-accountability.

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    What are you kidding? That would take hard work and discipline. Much easier to shake down people by guilt tripping them.

  23. WAIT WAIT WAIT…so you mean they didn’t just take a knee?? You mean they believe they can make change so worked together to try to create it?? You mean wait! You mean they didn’t just take a knee to bring attention to only themselves??? Are any washed up ? Bc this will not work for him if he’s planning a lawsuit for money after he sucks.

    Meanwhile…REEBOK needs to come out with a commercial honoring Pat Tillman. —stand up for what you believe in-even if it costs you everything

  24. Ivan Pavlov says:
    September 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm
    We have evidence on video tape of police behaving violently towards black males, and then denying the behavior that was captured on video. The police who commit these crimes are still learning that video makes it much harder to lie their way out of shameful behavior.
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    That’s a 2 way street but you only mention the actions that back up your gripes. There is also plenty of video evidence of lies being spewed about cops who are vindicated by the footage. Both sides need to change their behavior. But it’s insulting to constantly hear “the cops need to change” but completely ignoring that the interactions of “minorities” leaves a lot to be desired, so to speak. If you place blame solely on one side, you’re part of the problem. People need to learn how to respect the cops, and how to interact with the cops. If the first thing out of your mouth is accusations of racism toward the cop, he’s probably gonna be pretty pissed. Just saying. We all need to change, not just “the man”

  25. lol 2 million – it’s like me donating 5 dollars to whatever charity and wanting to have a ribbon cutting ceremony for my generosity –
    Bucs make 2million probably on parking alone

  26. The regression of intellect in this country is astounding… The small minded see ‘Social Justice’ and immediately twist it into a solely a racial thing or left vs right and completely ignore the part about youth empowerment, police relations, criminal justice reform, and workforce development. But what to expect when the majority of the country gets its ‘news’ from one way or the other biased sources like Fox News or MSNBC..

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