TAMPA, Fl. (WFLA) – Prior to Sunday’s game with the Chicago Bears, not one member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had taken a knee or a seat during the playing of the National Anthem.
Wide receiver Mike Evans became the first.
The Texas A&M product said he did so in protest of Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. Evans added that this was not a one-time thing and that he would continue to do so.
After the Bucs, 36-10, drubbing of the Bears, he addressed the issue.
“I know Kaepernick did it, but I am doing it for a different reason,” he explained. “When a reality TV star can be elected president that is not a good look for America.”
Evans went on to say when he first heard Trump was seeking the Republican nomination he thought it was a joke. When the President-Elect employed a campaign filled with a tone of racism and sexism the Bucs leading receiver was shocked.
“I’m not a political person but I have common sense,” said Evans, who caught four passes for 66 yards Sunday. “When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stop.”
Next week, the Bucs travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs with playoff hopes very much still alive. The Bucs (4-5) were the only team in the NFC South to win on Sunday.
They trail division-leading Atlanta by two games.
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