Bucs WR Mike Evans Sits During National Anthem To Protest Donald Trump Winning Election
Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans sat out the National Anthem before today’s game and he doesn’t plan to stand for the rest of the season following Donald Trump’s election.
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.”
Joe followed up to ask Evans if he heard the jeers and commentary from nearby fans.
Evans said he did not ask for team support before making the call to sit during the Anthem. He was clear that it was a protest of Donald Trump’s election.
“If this happens, then America’s not right right now,” Evans said. “I said this a long time ago. When [Donald Trump] ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues.
“I’m not a political person that much, but I got common sense. And I know when something’s not right.”
When asked if he’d continue to kneel, he said, “As long as he’s the president elect.”
Evans is the first Bucs player to protest the anthem this season.