Oh, Mike.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were winless at Raymond James Stadium this year until a decisive, 36-10 thrashing of the visiting Chicago Bears on Sunday. Instead of reveling in a long-awaited home victory – the fourth in the last 21 home games – Bucs fans are left scratching their heads over what to make of superstar wide receiver Mike Evans’ decision to sit for the National Anthem.

President-elect Donald Trump - Photo by: Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump – Photo by: Getty Images

Instead of celebrating the fact that the Bucs are now 4-5 and back into the discussion for the NFC South title with Atlanta, Carolina and New Orleans all losing on Sunday, Evans’ reasoning for sitting down because the American people went to the polls to elect Donald Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of America is now under scrutiny.

“I told myself, ‘If this character (Donald Trump) – I’m not big on politics or things like that – but I told myself, ‘If this happens, then America is not right right now.’ I said it a long time ago. When he ran I thought it was a joke. The joke continues.

“As long as he’s the President-elect. I’m not a political person that much, but I have common sense. And I know when something is not right.”

Oh, Mike.

Before I dive into these treacherous waters let’s get a few things straight. I let Colin Kaepernick have it a few months ago when he decided to sit out and take a knee during the National Anthem at the start of the season and I maintain my position of it being offensive. Kaepernick’s cause was the mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers across the nation among other racially-charged issues.

Evans said that isn’t his motive.

“Yeah, I know Kaepernick did it for that. I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president,” Evans said following Tampa Bay’s 36-10 win over Chicago. “That’s not a good look for America.”

Just because Evans plays for the Bucs doesn’t mean he gets a pass from me. It’s still an offensive move that offends some of the men and women in uniform and those that have fought for country and their supporters. And did he pick the wrong day to do it or what?

The Bucs rolled out all the stops for the NFL’s Salute To Service celebration today following Veterans Day on Friday. MacDill Air Force Base and U.S. Central Command were well represented today at Raymond James Stadium. The Buccaneers Cheerleaders donned soldier-like uniforms. The Tampa Bay players had camouflage towels, hats and gloves to celebrate the military on Sunday. There was even an oath of enlistment ceremony with dozens of young men and women joining the Armed Forces at halftime.

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy with a camo towel - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Bucs DT Gerald McCoy with a camo towel – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Oh, Mike.

Of all days to take a knee in a military town just to protest the election of Trump, today certainly wasn’t the day. And is it going to be worth the cost?

Every decision in life is subject to scrutiny and has consequences – some unintended.

Evans’ superb 2016 season has made him a fan favorite among Bucs fans. His four catches for 66 yards gives him 59 catches for 811 yards and eight touchdowns this year and he’s headed for his first Pro Bowl. He’ll need plenty of fan votes to get there, but how many Bucs fans will Evans alienate with his decision not to stand for the National Anthem?

Oh, Mike.

A Yahoo Sports study found that the National Anthem protests by players like Kaepernick were the number one reason for the drop in NFL TV ratings this year. With the attendance at Raymond James Stadium already reeling due to several losing seasons and just four home victories in the last two and a half years, including Sunday’s triumph over the Bears, having Evans sit during the Star Spangled Banner doesn’t help the team’s cause for packing the stands.

Keep in mind that Bucs Co-Chairman Ed Glazer, who is Evans’ boss, donated $55,400 to Trump’s campaign, and that 4.6 million people voted for Trump in the state of Florida, which he won by 150,000 votes. An additional 4.6 million of Americans voted for Trump in his native state of Texas, which he won by 800,000.

Evans said his protest isn’t about politics, rather it’s about the fact that Trump was a reality TV star.

“Because of who he is – it’s not about the Republican party or the Democratic party or anything like that,” Evans said. “It’s just who he is. It’s well documented what he’s done. I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in. That’s the end of that.”

I don’t know how many Bucs fans voted for Trump and how many voted for Hillary Clinton, but I’d guess about half looking at how the state of Florida and the rest of the country cast their ballots.

Oh, Mike.

Bucs WR Mike Evans - Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Bucs WR Mike Evans – Photo by: Mark Lomoglio/PR

Evans’ popularity will undoubtedly take a hit over his decision to kneel during the National Anthem. I wonder how his local endorsement deals with places like Bill Currie Ford will be affected by it, too. I wonder how many fewer No. 13 jerseys will be sold as a result of his stance.

I wish Evans hadn’t done it, although he has every right to.

Just like Evans took offense at Trump winning the election, people were offended by his decision to sit before the National Anthem rather than stand.

We already know how Evan’s other boss, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter, feels about it, stating his displeasure back in August with NFL players like Kaepernick deciding not to stand for the National Anthem.

“Believe it or not, we have practiced how to line up for the National Anthem. We’ve worked on it,” Koetter said. “I don’t know if our organization has a right to tell a guy that he needs to [stand]. I would be disappointed if any of our players didn’t stand up for the National Anthem.

“Personally, I look at that as a salute to the people who paved the way for us. But at the same time, this is a free country and freedom of speech is something we all believe in and freedom of expression and that’s an individual’s choice. That’s a fine line. But I would personally be disappointed but I think that would be hard to enforce that rule.”

After Sunday’s win over the Bears Koetter wasn’t asked about Evans’ decision to sit out the National Anthem because not many in the media found out about it until after the game and after Koetter spoke. So instead of the feel-good vibes that comes with basking in a Victory Monday press conference, the first question Koetter will be asked on Monday will likely be about Evans’ divisive act.

What a buzz-kill.

Just days after a contentious presidential election that Trump won with a likely Electoral College score of 306-228 after all the votes are counted (with New Hampshire’s four electoral votes going to Clinton and Michigan’s 16 electoral votes going to Trump), Evans will be lauded as a hero by some, and cast as a villain by others.

At the end of the Sunday, though, Evans will have fewer fans than he began the day with, and that’s a shame because he’s a great guy and an outstanding football player. The Bucs need more fans right now, not less.

Some will be offended because his act will be viewed as an anti-military gesture, even though Evans swears it’s not.

“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said. “The men and women that serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that.”

To some, that serves as a valid explanation for his decision. To others, Evans’ words simply ring hollow.

Some will be offended because he’s bringing politics in the realm of sports where people want to escape politics, especially after a long and nasty campaign between Trump and Clinton.

Some will be offended and think he’s a sore loser because he’s protesting the guy they voted for President.

I remember seeing a lot of “Love Trumps Hate” signs at the Clinton campaign, but I’ve seen an awful lot of hatred towards the President-elect by some of those very same people that were holding those signs now that Trump has won, which is sad and full of irony.

I also don’t remember anyone on the losing side taking to the streets to protest Barack Obama during his election and re-election despite being vehemently opposed to his policies, but I digress.

Protesting the election by sitting down for the National Anthem won’t change anything but Evans’ popularity, unfortunately. It certainly won’t change the outcome of the election and it won’t do anything to help unify the country.

President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama - Photo by: Getty Images

President-elect Donald Trump and President Barack Obama – Photo by: Getty Images

“We want to make sure they feel welcome as they prepare to make this transition,” President Barack Obama said after a 90-minute meeting with Trump at the White House on Thursday. “Most of all, I want to emphasize to you, Mr. President-elect, that we now are going to want to do everything we can to help you succeed – because if you succeed, then the country succeeds.”

My personal hope is that Evans eventually gives Trump a chance seeing as he is the President for the next four years.

I hope that Evans elects to stand for the National Anthem next week in Kansas City and that a one-week protest was sufficient. His decision to sit isn’t going to affect my coverage of him even though I personally disagree with his stance.

It’s not going to keep me from believing that Evans is a great young man with a bright, bright future ahead of him in Tampa Bay.

I’m going to respect his opinion, and I’m going to forgive Evans – and I’m going to ask that you do the same thing even if his action offends you. Respectfully disagree with him if you will, but don’t bash him.

In an era where insults and charges of being a racist, a bigot or a xenophobe are too loosely and carelessly tossed around, especially by the people waging the protests of the President-elect, calling Evans any names doesn’t serve a purpose.

I’m asking that you don’t do it. It doesn’t bring people together.

Instead, if you are offended by Evans’ actions today, forgive him and keep rooting for him as a Buccaneer.

Civility, mutual respect and agreeing to disagree are the only ways we’ll come together as the citizens of the United States of America.

I’ll stand up for you, Mike.

The Buccaneers released a statement late Sunday evening regarding Evans’ decision: The Buccaneers are deeply committed to the military and honoring the great men and women that have dedicated their lives and have made great sacrifices to insure all the tremendous freedoms we have in this great country. We encourage all members of our organization to respectfully honor our flag during the playing of the National Anthem. We also recognize every individual’s constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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beaners1026
4 years ago

Very good article, Scott. I am a fan of Mike’s and applaud how he has changed compared to last season. My son is currently overseas with the USMC. The problem I have with the protest is that Trump isn’t a reality star in the sense that most are. He was a successful business man before that. The way he has been vilified for the way he acts has been for a lack of a better word trumped up. He was given many humanitarian awards for his work in the minority community but he only turned into a racist when he… Read more »

Cameron
Reply to  beaners1026
4 years ago

WRONG! trump is a reality star in the same sense as anyone else who has a reality show. Since when does going bankrupt multiple times sign of success? Anyway, as a Vet and Tampa Native. I have no issue with Mike sitting/ kneeling for the Nation Anthem. It is his right as an American Citizen. Beaners please tell me of all these humanitarian awards Trumps has been given??? You can however find the court cases where he has denied minorities housing and was subsequently sued. So no it is not new for Trump to be called a racist…it has only… Read more »

AtlBucFanDan
Reply to  beaners1026
4 years ago

The “left” refers to anyone on the “right” as a racist. Anyone that does not agree with 100% of their opinion is a bigot, racist, sexist and is uneducated…etc… People are entitled to their opinions. What I am vehemently opposed to is using such a divisive tactic that brings discord to the team. Mike is a great player and seems pretty nice on interviews, but I don’t know him and certainly form any kind of character impression, outside of what is made public. What I can see, is that it has brought out the worst in (a lot, not all)… Read more »

QueDogg86
Reply to  AtlBucFanDan
4 years ago

AtlBUCFAn, get real! Donald Trump and his Alt Right supporters are clear racist. Maybe you should tell that to the KKK that’s giving Trump a parade in NC. Mike keep making a stand!!!

Horse
4 years ago

Here’s my two cents. I am a Viet Nam Veteran, I am 100% Disabled and I gave a lot for my country. Even though I disagreed about the Viet Nam War I still volunteered after graduating from college and took my Army Commission despite being married with children and served my country. I am a registered Independant, I have have voted both Republican and Democrat about evenly for the Presidency. This time I voted for Hillary Clinton, but once Donald Trump was the President Elect I got right behind him and I will do everything I can to support him… Read more »

jme0151
Reply to  Horse
4 years ago

Horse is a good man. Evans…….Doesn’t believe in the flag and our country. I to voted for Hillary. I stand behind our flag still….PROUDLY! Evans……not at all!!! Now lets get back to football. ……PLEASE!

tmac87
4 years ago

Mike Evans wants to stand up against complicit racism and it’s a problem? Half of the white population just voted in a man who has no problem spewing racist garbage. You wanted HBO, but the premium package comes with Cinemax (bigotry and hatred). But who cares right? He’s in your party, so you had to vote for him. It’s because of white privilege; knowing if Stop & Frisk is truly implemented, you, your kid, or your friends won’t have to deal with it… “Oh Mike.” …Please! That’s rich. Coming from one of the white men who is OK with Trump… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  tmac87
4 years ago

Exactly what racist action has Trump allowed to fester? Trump has never held elected office, so what policies has he orchestrated? Educate yourself tmac and you might just change your mind a bit.

Isn’t your using terms like “white privilege” and throwing out F bombs to someone who is merely stating his opinion also racist and hateful? Or does it only go one way……………yours?

I come to this forum for football discussion. Hopefully we can get back to that. Go Bucs!

tmac87
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

He’s allowed racist rhetoric to fester throughout his campaign. Mostly because he’s said it himself from the podium. lmao “Stop and Frisk” is a policy he highlighted in the 3rd debate, that he supported and said was a good idea. Telling me to educate myself, but you don’t know the explicit statements he’s made? White privilege isn’t a term that should be considered rude. The F bomb? Sure. White privilege isn’t a slur. It’s either acknowledged by whites, or not. Seems like you’re in the 50% that doesn’t. Probably the same 50% that voted for the bigot (this I am… Read more »

RudeGuy
Reply to  tmac87
4 years ago

Many of the 50% white voters you are calling out were needed in the past two elections to elect President Obama. People like you seem to have all the answers when it comes to crime but refuse to share them. The policy in Chicago is to allow thousands of African Americans to be shot and killed over the past 8 years without any action from DC. If “stop and frisk” can start the conversation involving these types of senseless murders then count me in because turning a blind eye is not the answer.

AlstottUpTheGut
Reply to  RudeGuy
4 years ago

Signed,
Rude(white)Guy who will never be stopped and frisked

RudeGuy
Reply to  RudeGuy
4 years ago

Do you have a link to support “white” people never being stopped and frisked? BTW I’m Latino. Nice try.

QueDogg86
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

The racist action that Trump festered was being the head of the “Birther movement” This movement attempted to delegitimize the first African American President. I have more if you need it!

scubog
4 years ago

Sadly I wore my #13 jersey today. Never once, following the election results, of which I have experienced since the days of Eisenhower, have I ever thought of doing anything but accepting our duly elected leader as my own. I might not agree with their policies but I always respected the position. Now our youthful, often pampered citizens, actually have to have grief counselors if things don’t go the way they hoped. They take to the streets, damage property and hurt innocent people as a sign of what they believe is their right. They accuse others of the hate they… Read more »

timmurwin
timmurwin
4 years ago

I have no problem with Mike taking a stance against a racist, homophobic, sexist piece of shit. I applaud him and will proudly wear his jersey. I wish you’d stop wearing your GOP rose colored glasses and realize the next four years will be hell for anyone who isn’t white and rich. There is too much hatred and racism in this country and you support the worst piece of trash and justify it with trash articles like this. I hope your ivory tower is high enough, as you look down on the rest of us – the ones who have… Read more »

scubog
Reply to  timmurwin
4 years ago

Again, one who objects to racism and hatred is the one spewing it. You agree with Mike’s right to express himself but not Scott Reynolds? Sad day when instead of enjoying a rare home victory we are talking about how to express one’s displeasure with the election loss.

timmurwin
timmurwin
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

Scumbag – Evans protesting racism, Scott trying to shut him down and asking him to sit in his corner. Wake up! That’s the new GOP – condescending assholes telling minorities to keep quiet and they are to be dismissed. It was Scott who told him to be quiet and he was out of place. I come to this site for football, not preaching, condescending white people telling others their opinions don’t matter. You got a problem with people expressing themselves, look in a mirror! Damn right there’s hatred – Trump epitomizes it and evangelized it. And now you want to… Read more »

RudeGuy
Reply to  timmurwin
4 years ago

So Scott does not have the right to express himself but you and Evans do, right? I just want to make sure i understand you.

timmurwin
timmurwin
Reply to  RudeGuy
4 years ago

Express yourself – yes. Suppress others – no

Being a republican, I’m sure you don’t understand the difference.

RudeGuy
Reply to  RudeGuy
4 years ago

Did you read the article? Here is a quote from Scott you may have missed. I know Dems have a problem with the facts.

“I’m going to respect his opinion, and I’m going to forgive Evans – and I’m going to ask that you do the same thing even if his action offends you. Respectfully disagree with him if you will, but don’t bash him.”

jb™
Reply to  timmurwin
4 years ago

RIGHT ON!!
Reynolds has uses this site as promotional tool for his belief in the White Nationalist movement, then stars whining when the star receiver on his beloved NFL team uses his celebrity to oppose the racism, misogyny and xenophobia of Trump and his goons.
How very Trump-like, and not surprising at all really…

QueDogg86
Reply to  scubog
4 years ago

ScumBug, just be happy Trump won! I’m sure your going to attend the KKK parade for Trump in NC. Have a safe trip.

DrT1066
Reply to  timmurwin
4 years ago

It is obvious from what you wrote that you never even listened to what Trump said.

buckobob1
4 years ago

I agree with Mike’s RIGHT to peaceful protest….but I also believe there is a time and place for everything…IMO, not standing for the National Anthem is not the time or the place. ..IMO it is being disrespectful to the men and women whose has sacrificed to make it possible to live in this free country…so that he HAS the right to protest. Please Mike feel free to state your opinion in the future…just pick a different way to protest.

Matthew
4 years ago

As someone who voted for Gary Johnson I wasn’t going to be happy with the results which ever way they fell. However, no one can change what happened so we just have to accept it and move on. I support Mike in whatever he does and he has every right to protest and we have every right to criticize him. I hope he doesn’t continue this as their is no point because it will sadly change nothing. Go Bucs!

skipper
skipper
4 years ago

With you 100% tmac, I have a 12 year old son that I have preached to never disrespectful the handicapped, treat everyone the same regardless of the color of thier skin. Donald Trump is an obvious racist, bigot and womanizer. Imagine my discussion with my child trying to explain why such a terrible man could be elected to the highest office. Scott, I understand this is your forum to speak as you like, as a very interested reader of your reporting I would respectfully ask that you keep your right wing agenda to yourself.

RudeGuy
Reply to  skipper
4 years ago

What did you tell your son about the Clintons?

DrT1066
Reply to  skipper
4 years ago

Womanizer, yes. Bigot and racist, no.

Devasher
4 years ago

Scott, I find it interesting that would you use your pulpit and position in PewterReport to promote your views on Nationalism and Brexit, openly write about religion in your Fab 5’s but take issue with an athlete who uses their position as a public figure to do bring attention to their own concerns or views. I imagine as a sports writer then you must have taken issue with Tim Tebow, Muhamoud Abudur Rauf, Muhammed Ali, Tommie Smith, John Carlos, and the US athletes who boycotted the Olyimpics in 1980 right? They all made political or religious statements to the rest… Read more »

jb™
Reply to  Scott Reynolds
4 years ago

Bullspit!!! I suppose a Presidential Campaign is a better place to show what you what REAL hate & bigotry can do for America! Who wants fans that like you support a racist thief that does little bit spew hate for anyone with the least bit of progressive attitude.
You’re showing your TRUE colors here Pal.

You voted for him and helped put him in office now quit whining and deal with the consequences!

matador
4 years ago

I understand why you brought this up SR. But you just can’t resist abusing your privileged position and pushing your agenda on readers who come to read about the Bucs – not your personal biases – and will come here to read about the Bucs long after you’re no longer part of this organization. Why do you think you have that right, or that we give a crap about your views? Just because you work on a website doesn’t mean you have special insight about social issues, it’s hard enough for you to be objective writing about players on the… Read more »

RudeGuy
4 years ago

Once again, Scott has a right to his views. He was writing about something a Bucs player did today at the game. This is Bucs news. You didn’t have to read the article if you didn’t like the subject matter. This is why each article has a title.

chetthevette
4 years ago

Here we go again. A football game is loaded with political and religious statements. Wether it’s the National Anthem, guys praying after the game, fly overs by the military, flag waiving color guards. It’s just peripheral noise. I don’t see the racist connection with our election we just had. I’ll expound. It’s always about money. Always was and always will be. It’s a shame that with 350 million people in the USA the two candidates we chose were such an awful choice for us. Money will dictate the next 4 years of our life. It seems racist because black, brown… Read more »

timmurwin
timmurwin
4 years ago

Scott – I came to this website for Bucs news, not politics. But you cannot resist sliding in your political views. In tired of the right – wing crap in the news. I come here to get away. But now I can’t do that. I spent the last half hour calming my disabled friend. The same demographic that your president mocks and makes fun of. You may support him – I loathe him. And those who support his views. This is the last time I will be on this site. I can find Bucs news elsewhere without the GOP crap.… Read more »

JohnBuc06
4 years ago

This is not a “news’ site so Scott has every right to express his opinion on this subject, just as Evans has every right to protest the election results by not standing for the anthem. I will defend both of them on this without question. The great thing about our country is the RIGHT to speak your mind. To me standing up (or sitting down in this situation) to protest in a peaceful manner is being a true American.

Cos
Cos
4 years ago

As by election results, I’m in the minority. I did not vote for Trump and everything about him and his views (or followers) sicken me to my core values. Now to the subject of Mike not standing, my father was in the military for 28 years, no need to say how much I respect and love him. He’s my father!! But standing or kneeling does not make or break my love or distrust of this country. Standing does not mean you are disrespecting the troops. Not standing does not mean your are against america. Not standing or standing at this… Read more »

chetthevette
4 years ago

Well put Coz.
Kind of John Lennon like.

Clearwater Buc
Clearwater Buc
4 years ago

Scott, I agree with you 100%. Let others bash and whine. I think it’s funny how you’re not allowed to share your personal views, but they’re so quick to jump on you and spout off theirs. Ironic. Anyway, keep up the good articles.

Naplesfan
Reply to  Clearwater Buc
4 years ago

Clearwater – we don’t tune into this site because we anxiously look forward to hearing Scott Reynolds’ pronouncements on politics. I guarantee you that the only reason I read and comment is to focus on the Bucs. That is true of probably 98% of his readers, if not 100%. So any time he veers off the highway into the ditch of politics, he is baiting and switching his readers. On the other side of the road – the left – there’s the jerk that runs BucsNation who is an extreme leftist and it the biggest hypocrite on the planet, pontificating… Read more »

surferdudes
4 years ago

AAggh, just when you thought all this bullshit was over, here we go again. I don’t watch sports, listen to music, whatever for an artist, or players political views. Just STF up, sing, play, or whatever you do to entertain me. I’m 61, Evans is 24, he doesn’t know shit about the world, I could give a rats ass what he thinks about Trump, or anything but catching the damn ball. Problem with Evans, Kapp, is they take a knee, or sit. What they should do, on their own time is take a stand. Work for a candidate, or a… Read more »

Naplesfan
4 years ago

I’m disappointed that Mike Evans chose to make himself an issue on a day when the only thing that matters for his teammates, coaches, and fans was the success of the team. I couldn’t care less what Mike Evans political views are. Or Scott Reynolds for that matter. Only I just wish people in places of influence (athletes, entertainers, writers) would keep their damned political views to themselves WHILE THEY ARE IN THE ACT OF DOING WHATEVER IT IS THAT MAKES PEOPLE WANT TO SEE, LISTEN TO, OR READ THEIR STUFF – ESPECIALLY IF THOSE FOLKS ARE PAYING TO SEE/LISTEN/READ..… Read more »

DrT1066
4 years ago

Intolerance runs rampant!

cgmaster27
4 years ago

Personally, I don’t like what mike did. On this weekend of all weekends to do it was stupid. And the reason he is doing t is even worse. He must be getting all of his info from CNN. I also love how the liberals in Thai page are slamming Scott because he has a point of view , but it’s right for mike to have one? That’s that beautiful liberal hypocracy at its finest. As racism and division some of you uninformed need look no further that that crap we’ve had until the White House the last 8 years. Odumbass… Read more »

Simon Says
4 years ago

Scott, I was on-board, and in complete agreement with you, but as a journalist, you should be ashamed of yourself. I’ve never felt you were biased in anything you have ever written before until now. Mike Evans sitting is an unnecessary distraction, and I completely disagree with him doing so. I don’t think any different of him for it, because it is NOT meant to be a slight towards service men and women, but his timing amplified it in my mind. I could completely write it off as him just exercising his 1st amendment right, assuming he had the smarts… Read more »

Clearwater Buc
Clearwater Buc
Reply to  Scott Reynolds
4 years ago

Scott, that’s because there was none. Funny how those who cry for tolerance the most are the ones least likely to show it.

threadkiller
4 years ago

Seeing the team’s statement was a great disappointment. I’m sure they do not want to be put in this position, but they appear to be accepting of their players using the pregame playing of our national anthem as an opportunity to protest publicly. Both as it happened on their day to salute veterans at Raymond James Stadium and into the future indefinitely (as Mike has stated his intentions). I will not support that decision, or this team, in any way, moving forward.

Iowabucfan
4 years ago

Maybe Evans can go up to the University of Michigan who offered its traumatized students coloring books and Play-Doh to calm them. Or he could go to the University of Kansas who reminded its stressed-out kids that therapy dogs, a regular campus feature, were available. Or he could go to Cornell University, an Ivy League school, who held a campus-wide “cry-in,” with officials handing out tissues and hot chocolate. Mr. Trump won fair and square. He was never called a racist until he ran against a Democrat. GROW THE F UP 13! You did this selfish act based upon a… Read more »

cgmaster27
Reply to  Iowabucfan
4 years ago

Now doubt sir there is going to be a crayon and play dough shortage soon because of all of the children pouting.

cgmaster27
Reply to  Scott Reynolds
4 years ago

You did nothing wrong Scott and are allowed to voice your opinion, the way some of these shallow readers do. I don’t like politics mixed with my sports but I understand why you wrote the article. Keep up the great work Scott.

Naplesfan
Reply to  cgmaster27
4 years ago

You miss the point. Being allowed to do something it being the right thing to do are entirely different matters.

There’s no law against farting loudly in your daughter’s wedding ceremony – but everyone there would know you’re a jerk. There’s about ten trillion similar things one is allowed to do but only an a-hole would do it.

Politics have no place in entertainment, period, absolutely, no exceptions. Regardless of candidate, regardless of party, regardless of issues.

As we used to say in the Navy: “Stow it!”

JasonOfthetower
4 years ago

Scott, while I agree with the premise of this article I have to take you to task on the “I never saw protests after Obama was elected”. That’s b.s. It wasn’t as violent as these have become, but there were many protests, many of which I’ve posted pictures of on my facebook timeline that had racial overtones. Further, the protests continued within the government itself with Congress and the Senate refusing to work with the President and instead choosing obstruction rather than finding common ground. So the revisionist history of “Well, we didn’t do this when Obama was elected,” is… Read more »

MWD
MWD
4 years ago

Ok, so let me first start out by saying that I am a big fan of Mike Evans. However, when you stand for the national anthem, it’s not for all the idiots we have here in the United States, it’s mainly for those who served, who are currently serving and of whom gave the ultimate sacrifice. As a military retiree (21 years/4 combat tours) and a Tampa native, it shows nothing other than wanted news on the tabloids when you do this. In particular, under the same system that pays you millions of dollars to do what you do on… Read more »

buddah
4 years ago

I can’t stand Trump, but he’s the President now and I’m invested in his success. As a white Jew and son of an immigrant father, I live now in high anxiety. As many of his supporters (people who voted for him, 62%) acknowledge he is unfit to be President. The whole campaign on both sides was ugly and undignified. I travel around the world in my work and have seen first-hand how this election has made us the laughing stock. I love this country but am scared by the many divisions provoked by the media and by this campaign, men… Read more »

TheV_FL
4 years ago

Scott, Below is a letter I wrote today to the Management of the Buccaneers. which reflects my view on the new “Platform” NFL players feel they have. I don’t apologize to anyone and will stand by my convictions because I have earned that right! To the Recipient of this email, I hope this letter reaches the proper executives within the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Organization. I am a 64-year-old United States Air Force Retired Disabled Vietnam Era Veteran whom bears the scars of protecting the freedom EVERY American enjoys today in our country. I am also a retired businessman who has… Read more »

Iowabucfan
Reply to  Vince_Gabel
4 years ago

Mr. Gabel, first of all, thank you for your service to our country. There are many of us who are truly grateful for you and all of our military personnel. Second of all, I agree with what you have posted. But, I respectfully ask you to reconsider boycotting the Bucs. Believe me, I understand your passion. I am not trying to talk you out of it. I just ask you to not punish the whole organization for the independent action of one individual. What Evans did was selfish and unproductive. He also put his boss, his employer and his teammate… Read more »

WiltheBrewer
4 years ago

Ironically, the freedom for Evans to do that is one of the freedoms for which our service men/women have fought. At the risk of sounding political, I would argue that the call to ban people of a certain religion from entering our country is also offensive to those who have fought for our country. That being said, I would hope that he would have discussed this decision with VJax and the rest of his teammates in advance. Also, it didn’t appear to be a distraction to the team for the game, but when you make a statement, you must be… Read more »

Naplesfan
Reply to  WiltheBrewer
4 years ago

To quote the hilariously funny Ron White, in his routine relating how he had been stopped by a traffic cop for appearing to be driving while under the influence ….

“I had the right to remain silent …. but I didn’t have the ability.”

AtlBucFanDan
Reply to  Naplesfan
4 years ago

ASJ?

BKNYfootballhead
4 years ago

Scott,

I’m glad you’ve decided to leave your opinion out of the discussion going forward, as it often comes off as pompous and condescending due to your bias approach to reporting. I’ll hold you to it, but we’ve heard this promise before. You sure let Evans off easier than you did Kaepernick, guess there are advantages to being a home team troop hater, right? Now if only you could leave out the rest of your ideological views, we’d have ourselves are pretty awesome Buccaneer website.

WiltheBrewer
Reply to  BKNYfootballhead
4 years ago

Whether it annoys us or not, Scott’s provocative headline/ story got a lot more attention than Mark’s reporting on the same event

chris
4 years ago

Any person, celebrity or not, has the right to voice their opinion. Even if I strongly disagree with them, I believe that they have the right to expression! We don’t want everyone having the same opinions, and we do not want to surround ourselves only with people that think the same way we do. In saying that, some ways are better than others to express your opinion. Disrespecting the veterans is one of the worst ways. Disrespecting the office of the presidency, because you do not like who was elected is not the right way. This is especially true on… Read more »

EastEndBoy
4 years ago

Scott – thank you for sharing your views. I understand the confusion expressed by you and others on this site about what is happening…in one sense, as you say, why are people protesting in the streets, why is there a Million Woman March being planned for Washington, why are more than 1,000 insiders about to protest in the Capitol, why is the State of California making noise about leaving the Union — that never happened when Obama took office 8 years ago, so why all the sore-loserness? Why can’t we all just get along and move forward as a nation… Read more »

AtlBucFanDan
Reply to  EastEndBoy
4 years ago

One of the few things I agree with your leftist regurgitated “quote” riddled post is: Now back to the Bucs… Everyone is entitled to their opinion, I just wish they would look deeper than TV (or any mainstream media outlet) for their information. Much of what you take as quotes were grossly taken out of context or completely made up….not that Trump is or is not what others say he is, but one thing that is true, is that he will be our next president, no matter how many people disrespect the Flag/National Anthem, sit/kneel, riot, protest…etc… He is now… Read more »

EastEndBoy
Reply to  AtlBucFanDan
4 years ago

Each quote above comes directly from one of the Trumpists themselves…no “leftist regurgitated quote” in my post….each comes from their mouths and their Twitter pages and their comments of record in courts and legislature…if you consider those quotes “leftist”…that’s your own commentary.

And so while you wish for folks to look beyond the mainstream media, I will wish for folks to look beyond all media (Breitbart too) and go straight to the sources of record.

TheV_FL
Reply to  EastEndBoy
4 years ago

Dear EastEndBoy,
Everything you just “articulated” is exactly why Donald Trump was elected the next president! The “AMERICAN CORE VALUES” you refer to have been obliterated by the current President. What kind of hallucinatory drugs are you on? The PEOPLE HAVE VOTED they don’t care about the rhetoric or smooth talk from someone like this current President who talks down to us, lies to us and thinks he’s smarter than us and we are stupid! We voted for results!

EastEndBoy
Reply to  TheV_FL
4 years ago

Well, there’s an old saying that comes to mind:

Be careful what you wish (or vote) for, you just might get it…

Dbuc63
4 years ago

SR, good idea not to report your OPINION. The fact that 50% of the people conduct themselves like children and believe what they hear without any question is maddening. Perhaps instead of your opinions you can promote prizes like crayons, color paper, and glue. No wait, scratch that, the losers will complain that your promotion was RIGGED!! LOL!! Keep real Scott, you the man!!

Mcpo23
4 years ago

Any dumba$$ that doesn’t vote, shouldn’t be protesting the election. Shame on him. I would call him a low information voter, but the dumba$$ didn’t even vote.

fredster
4 years ago

Exactly mcpo23 the jackass didn’t even vote and he’s crying about Trump winning. Just heard that on news too. Just another idiot that’s knee jerk reacting. Probably doesn’t know anything about Trumps or Hillarys agenda. Just knows what liberal media has said. I’ve about had it with stupid pople and the NFL lately. So sad we finally get this much needed home win and now have to deal with this huge distraction. I had so hoped none of the Bucs would engage in this non sense. I actually had a feeling if one guy did it would be him. Just… Read more »

fredster
4 years ago

Liberals didn’t give a shit about Clinton being a scumbag, but same liberals are now up in arms? This country has become such a joke. I do look forward to him getting some things done with the house and senate and the presidency. Obamas policies have hurt small business so much. I’m tired of paying 40% corp. income taxes and distributing my wealth to people sitting on their asses. Dems had all 3 and rammed everything down our throats. I didn’t protest or not stand for the anthem. I went out and voted. Hey there’s an idea vote next time… Read more »