Detroit Lions start social justice initiative with $600,000

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Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones, right celebrates his 39-yard reception for a touchdown with teammate wide receiver Golden Tate (15) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rey Del Rio)

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) – The Detroit Lions are starting a social justice program with $600,000 from players on the team and owner Martha Firestone Ford.
 
The Lions announced the initiative Monday, days after the NFL launched a social justice platform.
 
Detroit’s players chose where the funds would go to assist the community with scholarships, social educational programs and medical aid.
 
The initiatives are the result of a working relationship the NFL and the players established in October 2017 following player demonstrations for social justice during the national anthem.

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