Following his altercation on the sideline with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended one game by the NFL.

Evans was not ejected from the game, but he probably should have been. If he would have been ejected, he likely would not have been suspended, as is the case most of the time in the NFL – see A.J. Green not getting suspended for his fight with Jalen Ramsey.

Quickly after the news came down that he was being suspended, it was then reported that Evans will be appealing that suspension.

However, on Tuesday, Evans’ suspension was upheld by appeals officer James Thrash and Evans apologized for his actions.

“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Sunday’s game,” Evans said. “I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me. My response was not appropriate and not a true indication of who I am as a player and a person. I take pride in playing the game the right way and I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.”

 

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Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: trevor@pewterreport.com
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TBAtlas
3 years ago

Not unexpected.

Amo
Amo
3 years ago

He kept it together longer than I expected. The Glazer’s better start publishing photos of Evans and Winston holding babies and rescuing kittens out of trees. The Hard Knocks “air-brushing” tactic is starting to wear off.

callmemarkm
Reply to  Amo
3 years ago

What does that mean? I don’t understand.

SCLOBERNOCKER
3 years ago

Dummy

e
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3 years ago

Has Koetter lost complete control of this team now? Is the ax gonna fall before the end of the season?

surferdudes
3 years ago

Six targets, one reception for 13 yards. Lattimore kept him in check all game, I think he was more upset about that then the shove on Jameis. Glad the Bucs held off on making him one of the highest paid receivers in the game. Trade him in the off season. He’s no more then a possession receiver, with jump ball skills. Drops too many passes, gets too many pass interference penalties because he lacks separation speed. His replacement is already on the team Godwin. Need draft picks to fix the trenches, and his huge contract coming up could be better… Read more »

callmemarkm
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Dumb.

macabee
3 years ago

I don’t mind Winston sitting for a few weeks – he needs it! I don’t mind Mike Evans being suspended for a game – he deserves it! What I do mind is the possibility of former Buc QB Josh McCown coming to town and becoming a rock star at RayJay because we’re broke,bruised, busted, and disgusted. If that happens I’m going to need therapy, counseling, and long-term rehab!

cgmaster27
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Might want to start scheduling those therapy appointments mac. Mcclown is going to smoke us.

Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
3 years ago

More likely than not, unfortunately. It’s quite plausible, given current trends, that every single team remaining, on our schedule will smoke the Bucs. We’re “on track” for 4-12, but it could just as easily end up another one of those 2-14 groaners of a season.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  macabee
3 years ago

Well you can bank on them getting 30 points at least.

skipper
skipper
3 years ago

Amazing Surferdude, Evans is a 1,000 yard receiver. Let’s dump all our good players so we can really suck. Genius dude.

cgmaster27
3 years ago

Someone explain how mike evens gets suspended, which we al figured would happen, but AJ green can choke slam Jalen Ramsey and throw haymakers at him and not get suspended?

Amo
Amo
3 years ago

The Jets are a below-average team playing their guts out. We are a below average team sitting it out. Muhammed Wilkerson vs. Demar Dotson. False start, offense #69, 5 yard penalty, repeat 3rd down.

Horse
3 years ago

Winston should give half his Jets game salary paycheck to Evans as he started it all in the first place with his immaturity.

surferdudes
3 years ago

Dumb is over paying for a possession receiver who lacks top end speed, and drops too many passes. The Panthers traded Benjiman, same type of receiver, they just won without him. When you have many holes to fill, sometimes you need to give up something good to fill those needs. Evans has started every game, and we’re 2-6, real difference maker. I got bashed for saying Martin was washed up, and should’ve been cut this summer, and we should take advantage of a strong R.B. draft class. Guess that was dumb too. Listen I respect others opinions, even if I… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Benjamin was not in Evans’ league.

Jlog
Jlog
Reply to  surferdudes
3 years ago

Most possession receivers aren’t fast. While Evans is utilized in that role he’s not slow at all. He’s a 4.53 guy that’s not super fast but it’s league average for a NFL receiver. Prior to this year he was one the top 5 receivers production wise, in other words part of the elite.

Evan’s is easily the most valuable player on this team talent wise which makes judgement errors likes this very disappointing.

Mike.Seven
3 years ago

We need mike Evans VS Jets , wonder if the Glazers are realizing the JW negatives outway the positive, Remember last year against Dallas JW personal foul cost Bucs the game, had Bucs won against Dallas Bucs were in playoffs , How does Byan Glazer feel about face of Bucs eating his fingers on national TV , I am asking these questions loud!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Buc 1976
3 years ago

I kinda saw this coming. Frustration setting in but not this Evans could have injured the NOLA CB. It was A VERY CHEAP SHOT.

Horse
3 years ago

Respect for Evans as he apologized.
Where is Winston’s apology? Not happy that Jameis doesn’t realize what he did and what it caused to happen. I have defended Winston many times, but not this time.

Buc 1976
Reply to  Horse
3 years ago

Winston needs to start leading on the field and please stop the pre game rah rah stuff.
This not Collage FOOTBALL and the players know that they get paid to produce on the field.

scubog
3 years ago

Why no mention of Lattimore strolling on the Bucs sideline that started the whole thing? Does he not have some culpability?

Naplesfan
Reply to  scubog
3 years ago

Lattimore was not “strolling the sideline”, scu. Not even close. He was on the field, as he was supposed to be. Winston was on the sideline, and then went ONTO the field to rap Lattimore on the head. Winston’s performance in that affair was the entire cause of the incident, he incited it. He acted disgracefully. Ought to make every Buc fan ashamed of his juvenile antics. Heck in Pop Warner he’d be kicked out of the league for that. His own head coach Koetter told the media this week that Winston started it, and he should have been ejected… Read more »

deeznuts
3 years ago

To be honest I loved how fired up Evans was – thats what happens to rookies talkin stuff they shouldnt be. This shows how strong the locker-room is. The only thing broken here is coaching and management. I bet Lattimore wont be talking much more to our sideline – he got wrecked and its replayed all over ESPN. Even though it was an incomplete pass, it was probably the best play of the game. Even Peyton cried about it…Evans is gonna get him next. Saints should probably keep their rookies on a leash if they dont want to be on… Read more »