The Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday pledged $250,000 toward community initiatives selected by players, coaches and staff members.
The announcement comes in the wake of nationwide protests over last month's death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.
"Please do not mistake a lack of public commentary for indifference. The Bengals organization believes that fighting prejudice and discrimination requires action but to do so we have to listen first," the team said in a statement on its official website.
"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."
Floyd, who was African American, died May 25 after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for eight-plus minutes. The incident has sparked protests nationwide regarding police brutality and racism.
--Field Level Media