Well, that didn’t take long. Unlike the still ongoing soap opera with Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco, the Buccaneers top offensive weapon, Mike Evans’ National Anthem protest Sunday in Tampa appears to be isolated and over.
The third year receiver created controversy Sunday, when he unexpectedly sat on the home bench while the Anthem played before the Bucs game with Chicago. After the game, he gave his primary reason for joining in on National Anthem protests, as Donald Trump’s election last Tuesday night to the White House.
This morning, through his agent and a statement first given to ESPN NFL reporter Josina Anderson, Evans did a 180 on his threat to continue to sit, as long as Trump was the president.
Here is the statement in full from Evans:
“I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended by my actions on Sunday. It was never my intention as I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country.
I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans.
With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities.
This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.”
Buccaneer players were not available to the media Monday and won’t be on Tuesday. We will see if Evans, the league’s leader in touchdown receptions, has anything more to add or re-enforce on Wednesday afternoon, when the next scheduled availability takes place.
The Bucs travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs Sunday.