The Bengals had not released a public statement amid the widespread protests across America, but today they made a statement with a commitment of cash.
The team announced that it would put $250,000 into community initiatives that will be chosen by players, coaches and staff.
“Please do not mistake a lack of public commentary for indifference,” the team statement said. “The Bengals organization believes that fighting prejudice and discrimination requires action but to do so we have to listen first.
“Serious problems have been with us too long. Our Club has a proud tradition of opposing discrimination and of promoting equality through action, starting when team founder Paul Brown helped break professional sports’ color barrier in 1946 with Marion Motley and Bill Willis. Those are the principles on which the franchise was founded and those are the same principles that guide our organization’s thoughts and actions today.
“The effort to advance equality endures. Progress is needed and progress requires action. These are not just words. The Bengals have acted on these principles throughout the Club’s history and will continue to act on them.”
The Bengals say head coach Zac Taylor has begun the dialogue with players and coaches that will determine the community initiatives that receive the $250,000.