CINCINNATI — In the middle of the nation's second weekend of protests against police brutality -- and while the NFL and its players are speaking out -- the Bengals announced on their website a $250,000 pledge to communities in Cincinnati Saturday.
Players, coaches and staff will decide where the money will be spent. In the announcement, the franchise said breaking color barriers is a part of the Bengals' history.
"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."
The commitment comes two years after the team funded a youth program designed to positively connect youth with law enforcement.