As many football fans know, during last year’s NFL season, many players, including a few Buccaneers, joined together in kneeling for the national anthem as a protest towards social injustice and police brutality.

There was a lot of talk between the players, coaches, the league representatives, the players union and others on what should be done now that the protests have happened and that some players have felt the need to express themselves on such issues.

While the league is still figuring out exactly what to do moving forward, the Buccaneers have announced their own initiative to help make social justice causes known and remedy such issues in the Tampa Bay area.

“On Tuesday, September 18, more than a dozen players from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers including DeSean Jackson, Ali Marpet, Gerald McCoy, Donovan Smith and Owner/Tampa Bay Buccaneers Foundation President Darcie Glazer Kassewitz will announce a player-led, year-round initiative focused on supporting social justice causes in the Tampa Bay community.”

The focus here is that this initiative is player-led and the Buccaneers are helping and backing their guys as they stand together to make the Tampa Bay community a better place for all who call it home.

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19 COMMENTS

  1. I like it. It puts the focus back on the issues affecting communities and not the National Anthem.

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  2. Now this is exactly what the players and owners needed to do to take care of social injustice. Go Bucs, way to be the leaders!!!

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  3. Yes let’s all Stand Together! I so support this because the social injustice has been real in our country. I hope we can agree it is improving and we can do better.

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  4. I applaud this, but I want to hear something more specific than social justice. Suggest a specific change to further social justice. Take the bail system for example. Unless someone is a flight or a violence risk, they should be released prior to trial. Otherwise an arrest can result in job loss and homelessness for the family. California recently ended their bail system along these lines. There are many issues that most of us can agree on. The kneelers need to specify some while they have everyone’s attention.

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  5. Listen, I am a white female. I feel so passionate about people being able to stand up for their beliefs. I have never been offended by protests of the injustice toward African Americans by white privilege. I support you 💯

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  6. Define social justice. Don’t just accept it on its face. Where is the money going? Don’t make blanket statements claiming you’re being wronged unless you have specific proof that be documented.

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  7. Quit using stupid terms like white privilege. Wrong site to be on for that crap!

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  8. Nice to have you on board Molly, I don’t think we get to many women posting out here.
    But I have to agree with Buc76, I’m not thrill with the white privilege remark either.
    I am white male and have never experienced this white privlege you speak of.
    Besides, social injustice is not a racial issue but a socieo economic issue.
    You don’t see to many rich people, white or black, sitting in the can or in the exercise yard.
    We have no better proof than that but to look in the White House. He isn’t in prison because of his race but because of his wealth.

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    • If you were born here like I was and a 5th generation Floridian you would see it is still around. Don’t be fooled. That big flag that flies on US 19 and Curlew Road was just about where the KKK flew there’s back as late as the 70s. The existing owner probably doesn’t know that

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  9. Let’s just talk football, please.

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  10. I you truly want to help people, go into the communities, help build families. Help build respect for work and education. Stop balm everyone else for your lot in life.

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    • You are missing the point sir. It isn’t about building families which is an impossible task anyway. How would you build someone else’s family? The point is its unfair to treat people different because of the color of their skin, especially if you are with the police.

      We can all agree that the police are here to protect and serve. No one is against police, only police brutality. It’s a real thing even if you haven’t experienced it. Reform is needed and protest is how you affect change.

      Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Kathry Johnston, Freddie Gray, Walter Scott, and so many other names that I can’t even remember. May they rest in peace.

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      • I said protest is how you affect change but that’s only one way to create change. Another way is to take initiatives and create awareness by going into the community. What is the community? That’s the chamber of commerce, the police stations, actual neighborhoods(rich and poor), churches, or even just Publix! I applaud the Bucs players and those in the organization who are championing this cause. We could all do a little more to embrace and celebrate our differences and not villify them.

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  11. This is sure a better way to strive for increasing the awareness in all matters involving people of authority. Many people of every race treat folks with less respect due to their prejudice and/or bias. It can be a grocery store clerk, a bank teller or any of us who may demonstrate bias without even realizing it. It’s not just a race issue.
    How about a little more outrage over the pedophile priests, coaches, teachers and others who take advantage of their position to prey on a child?

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    • How about the Bucs focus on something real like kicking Philly’s butt? Now that’s a cause I can get behind.

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  12. Human rights violations and ethnic clashes are traditionally global and historic problems. This isn’t confined to the USA.

    Desean Jackson and his SUV full of drugs and guns (with hollow-point cop killing bullets) aren’t going to solve social issues-let’s be real.

    I’ve never seen anyone from the armed forces kneel in front of the flag (in uniform anyways). If you respect your right to protest, you’ll have to respect the fact that the American flag is the only thing that guarantees your right to do so. War heroes are buried with the American flag they wear on their sleeves whether they’re white or black

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  13. Horse, I have lived in this community for close to 50 years and am well aware of the history behind that stupid confederate flag.
    As for myself, when I see that stupid flag flying, I just think to myself what an idiotic loser.
    At the same time, I am glad he has that right to show everyone what a stupid moron he is.
    Wouldn’t want to live anywhere where he couldn’t.
    Same thing with protesting during the National Anthem.
    America, what a country.

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  14. Kudos to all involved. Social justice issues are various and impact people of various socioeconomic backgrounds. I’m looking forward to seeing what initiatives the players pursue. I hope they extend their reach to engage wide communities since true change requires influencing the viewpoints of the masses and the most impactful way is through personal engagement (grassroots) paired with widespread media messaging.

    It’d be cool if they created an endowment that could use the interest to operate a support staff that could ensure their legacy lasts for generations (and help with the legwork to follow up on initiatives as well as execute the time-consuming things). I’ve run a couple of non-profits, so I guess I’m biased to think about sustainability 🙂

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    • Great point about the endowment. It would be a strong way to improve the community for years to come. Maybe former Bucs greats who still live in the area would be interested in joining also. Seems like it would be right up coach Dungy’s alley!

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