Tee Martin Says Money from Jersey Fundraiser Would Stay in East TN

UT WR coach & pass game coordinator Tee Martin / Credit: Cumulus Knoxville Staff

VFL and Tennessee Wide Receivers Coach Tee Martin is clearing up where money will go to from a proposed fundraiser.

In a press conference Thursday Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt said the team wants to wear black jerseys for the Kentucky game in November. After the game they would auction the jerseys off to raise money for Black Lives Matter.

In a interview Friday with local radio host and VFL Jayson Swain, Coach Martin says any money raised from the jerseys will stay in East Tennessee. Martin says Coach Pruitt was speaking more to supporting the players then a particular organization.

Martin says, “We never talked about donating to that particular organization, nor will we do that. We’ve looked at giving back to the community in Knoxville, and we haven’t found that organization yet. That’s as far as that has gone so far.


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The Tennessee Vols are planning to use this season’s game against Kentucky to bring back the alternate black jerseys and raise money for the Black Lives Matter organization.  In a conference call with the media, Tennessee Football Coach Jeremy Pruitt said when his players returned to campus in the midst of protests and calls for change across the country, the first thing they did was sit down and talk about it.

One thing Pruitt said the team is doing is they will be wearing black jerseys for the Kentucky game in November. After the game they will auction those jerseys off to raise money for Black Lives Matter.

Tennessee has only worn black jerseys once, in 2009 against South Carolina in a game played on Halloween.

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