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Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    Wasn’t mad to begin with, nothing to forgive.

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    I would of sat with him! Go Bucs!

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    I live on Social Security. This election could be devastating to Seniors. I agree with him.

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    Keith F

    Great article! I hope Mike Evans and Koetter knows you wrote this piece because a lot of times the media will condemn someone the first chance the opportunity presents itself! People judge way too quickly and I hope this goes away. You can tell the guy is a good dude and like you said he’s only 23.

    BTW, personally I was never upset and not because he plays for a team I love. Now, if ASJ did it, I might feel differently…too soon. Just a joke people!

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    An apology is good enough for me. I was never angry or mad in my comment about Evans in a past Article. I simply sais “this was neither the place nor time…. and I hope he doesn’t do it again”.

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    I will forgive him as such. He is just another normal young man to me.

    As I mentioned elsewhere I am a Vietnam War veteran. I also forgave Jane Fonda years ago. What she did was much more egregious and occurred during the time I served. She has made a public apology to America that I heard, with my own two ears, twice over a span of many years. There are some , veterans or others, across the country who will never forgive her. So be it.

    Now I will shut up and return to football issues.

    Go Bucs!!!

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      XpfcWintergreen, thank you for your service. I have never been able to forgive Jane Fonda. Many years ago I met Bud Day and as I shook his hand his fingers were a mess from all the torture and I’m sure most of his body had also taken severe beatings. Nope no respect for her at all.

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    I personally never had a problem with him having the right to do so. I just think he did it on the wrong day and in the wrong way. I’m glad he’;s pulled back a little on this and is trying to find a more constructive way to do some good. The bucs fans calling to cut him or trade him are just foolish.

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    I’ve never commented but I have been a long time reader here at PR. What brought me out of the woods? The need to tell Mark Cook that this is one of the most beautiful articles that you have ever written. I love good writing and the personal touch with your uncle was just awesome. Your writing is always good, but this one I just had to praise aloud.

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      Mark Cook

      Hey thank you so much. I really appreciate it my friend.

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    Glad he apologized it was a really stupid thing to do without doubt.

    I’m moving on. I want this to not be a distraction anymore and hopefully they Can just prepare for KC. NFL has so many negatives and guys with questionable character. It’s partly why viewing is down. Last hint we needed here in Tampa was another negative.

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    I wasn’t mad personally, I guess disappointed is a better word . As veterans, we fought for his right to protest, he just chose a horrible time and place. Either Evans or his PR guys made a nice play on the apology, I just hope it was from his heart and not just a PR ploy.

    Now get back to the field and rack up more touchdowns Big Mike!

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    Forgive? Like he did something wrong? I applaud his stance. All forms of protest of Drumpf are on the table, as far as I’m concerned.

    Maybe those who voted for a fascist a$$clown should ask forgiveness from the rest of us. That seems more in order. And no, it isn’t forgivable. Drumpf hired a white supremacist and a climate denier already. I’m just waiting to see if he can stoop even lower. Maybe the head of the KKK at department of justice? That would seem to be right in line for this jackwagon.

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      No need to bring in the KKK into this discussion …Bannon will ensure Trump knows where they stand on policy.

      Back to Evans he has every right to peacefully protest but I am personally glad he has chosen to stand for the anthem …that type of protest is one of those grey lines that people on both sides can twist into whatever narrative they want. Hopefully he learns (as should Cap) is the best way to voice your political opinion is to VOTE!

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      It sounds to me like you’re in need of a pacifier, like the rest of the losers protesting. I voted Trump and won’t apologize for shit. So stop acting like anyone owes you anything. That liberal “woah is me” mindset is what got Trump elected in the first place. Maybe you should be apologizing to other for Trump getting elected.

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        Well, you voted for a racist, misogynist, climate denying snake oil salesman. You voted for someone with a narcissistic personality, a twitter trolling hate dispenser. There is no way this guy should be president of anything. He’s a disgrace of a human, a fascist a$$clown. This isn’t “woe is me”, it’s simply bad for everyone — this is going to be a disaster of epic proportions. And all those poor rural voters who he conned into voting for him are going to suffer more than anyone.

        This jackwagon threatens to shut down media that says negative things about him!!! Fascist much?

        Shutdown the EPA so we can go prevent government from enforcing air and water quality standards or set environmental objectives? Lunacy, all in the name of making things more convenient for dirty polluting industries. Profit over people. Profit over the ecology that supports all life. It’s ludicrous.

        Cozying up to a turd like Putin? Drumpf does not have the judgement to be in charge of military forces, foreign policy, and especially nuclear codes? Are you kidding me? You trust this loose cannon?

        So yeah, I’m pretty sure that very shortly after inauguration, this dumpster fire douchebag is going to create disasters that all his voters will feel sorry for. Thanks for screwing the country.



          Beautifully said. Thought I was listening to Olberman.

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    Hopefully our president-elect will learn from Mike Evans on how to apologize appropriately without defection. Doubtful.

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    BUC 727

    I just hope that anyone that was offend by Mike Evans protest was not a POW. In Trump’s world, that would make you a double loser.

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    Any Bucs fan who turns their back on Evans should be ashamed. HE choose a very poor time to do it but it is his right to protest as he pleases. I am glad he has chosen not to sit during the anthem anymore though because it causes such an unnecessary distraction. Ill always support you Mike. Go Bucs!

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    No need to forgive him. Free speech after all. Besides, I support Evans.

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    Well, after being disappointed in Evans for a day or so, he has regained my respect. It is not what he believes that I objected to, rather it was the fact that he chose to do it by sitting down for the national anthem, especially on a day honoring our military. While he has every right to do so, he dishonored them and all of us for which the flag is an emblem of freedom. Make your statements, become an activist, oppose the policies; that is your right, but do it in more productive and appropriate ways. We may not agree on everything, but I will support your right to dissent as long as it is done in a way that does not insult the flag and the people who serve to protect it.

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    BucaneerNW you are total left wing loon. All forms of protest are on the table because your liar sack of crap Hillary lost? You sound like the fascist here. Really all forms of protest like illegal,violent,riots? Like the ones going on right now?

    Protest and cry all you want he’s president for 4 years and after the economy improves and jobs come back maybe you will quit your hysteria.

    As far as me apologizing to you? Lol. Dream on. How about apologizing to me for 8 years of Obama disaster. My healthcare costs have doubled,Isis emerged and is out of control, and is now a threat after he called them the JV team, I pay more in corp. income taxes, and his bubble economy is growing at 1%. Total joke. Climate change even if true (and it’s not) paying billions of our hard earned money is a joke. Guess what China and other countries are putting out way more greenhouse gases and they won’t stop or even try so you can break our backs and won’t make a difference. I don’t believe it in it anyways. It’s garbage science.

    Anyone can protest anything but not standing for that national anthem for any reason is asinine. Period.

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      Can’t like this post enough Fredster. We’ll probably be called sexist, racist, homophobes by the uneducated shortly.

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    Millions of American serviceman have died protecting free and open elections in America. What is happening in our country is the ultimate insult to our fallen heroes. Elections are being rigged. Huge numbers of Americans are blocked from voting. The DNC conspired against Bernie Sanders and shoved Hillary down our throats. The super rich-owned media gave Trump huge amounts of air time to ensure Trump would be their hand-picked Republican candidate thinking even crooked Hillary could beat Trump. This is the ultimate insult to our troops and an act of treason, but no one raises hell about that. But an athlete does the right thing and raises attention to what the super rich have done to this once great country and there is at least a discussion. We need more athletes sitting and fans should be sitting too. The super rich have totally overthrown the US Government without a single shot being fired. Is there anyone out there who believes this is still a country, of the people by the people and for the people.

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    Mike, keep your chin up. Find a way to support your causes that matter.
    It’s just football man. Protesting is fine when it’s in the proper venue, but people think that players are just rich spoiled kids that are just drawing attention to themselves.
    I feel for you though, it’s going to be a difficult transition for sure.
    But rest assured that the checks and balances will work. Calmer heads will prevail and keep things sane in our government.
    Unfortunately racism is still very present in the good ole US of A. But don’t fear, as your generation grows older and mine dies out hopefully this whole race thing fades away.
    The best quote I ever heard about race was from Al Sharpton. “It doesn’t matter what color they are, they just want a job”.
    Hopefully Trump can back up his mouth and get people working again. We will see.

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