Mike Evans Joins NFL National Anthem Protests But For Different Reason

by abournenesn

Nov 14, 2016

Mike Evans clearly isn’t a fan of the 2016 presidential election results.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver sat during the singing of the national anthem prior to the Bucs’ 36-10 home win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, but not for the same reason Colin Kaepernick has knelt during the “Star-Spangled Banner” all season.

Evans’ reason? The election of president-elect Donald Trump.

“I’m not big on politics or anything like that, but I told myself, ‘If this happens, America is not right right now,'” Evans said, via ESPN.com. “I said this a long time ago — when he ran, I thought it was a joke. The joke continues. … I know Kaepernick did that. I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That’s not a good look. … I’m not a political person, but I have common sense and I know something is not right.”

And it appears this won’t be a one-time protest for Evans.

“I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said. “The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.”

The Buccaneers since have released a statement.

Thumbnail photo via Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports Images

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