Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one game by the NFL for an action during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
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This is what the circuit said on Monday.
In the fourth quarter, Evans bumped into cornerback Marshon Lattimore after he had a run-in with quarterback Tom Brady. The receiver’s gesture caused a scrum. Much like his Saints counterpart, he was subsequently kicked out of the game.
“I wasn’t going to let that happen. We backed each other up,” Evans said after the match, also claiming he saw Lattimore throw a punch in the direction of his pivot.
The two athletes have a contentious relationship on the field. In 2017, Evans punched and knocked Lattimore to the ground when he was taunting one of his teammates on the Bucs sidelines.
The number 13 of the Florida team was suspended one game for his actions at the time.
“Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to an opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional,” Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter.
Buccaneers head coach Todd Bowles didn’t seem to blame his player after the game.
“We try to be a disciplined club, but every once in a while the game gets emotional and out of control,” added Bowles. We will make our corrections and move on.”
In two games this season, Evans caught eight of Brady’s 11 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown.