Mike Evans Suspended 1 Game For Brawl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans
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NFL Week 2 - The NFL has officially handed out punishments for Sunday's brawl between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints, electing to suspend Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans for one game. 

Evans was ejected from Sunday's game after coming off the bench to escalate an altercation between Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette and Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Lattimore and Evans have had previous exchanges over the last few years, dating back as early as 2017. Lattimore was not fined for his involvement in the fight. 

"After a play had ended, you were walking toward your sidelines," wrote NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan in a memo released by the NFL. "When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saint's players, you ran toward that area on the field and violently threw your body into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation. You knocked your opponent to the ground and a melee ensued involving players from both teams.

"Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional."

With Chris Godwin and Julio Jones both up and down with injuries, Evans has been the face of the Ta.mpa Bay passing attack. Even with the early ejection in Week 2, he leads the Buccaneers in targets (11), receptions (8), receiving yards (132), and has one of the Buccaneers' two receiving touchdowns. 

Evans may appeal the suspension under the collective bargaining agreement. 

Comments

4 comments, Last at 25 Sep 2022, 8:24pm

1 Is this one of those times…

Is this one of those times where he could have his penalty raised if his appeals fails? Seems pretty open and shut case, he probably ought to take it and be happy to be only one game. Of course with other Tampa WR currently hurt there might be benefit to the team to appeal as much to see if that will delay the actual suspension a game or two to give others chance to get fitter.

2 Buccaneers Will Go Nowhere

Buccaneers will go nowhere this year.  Throwing go ahead scores to WR5, while being protected by LT3–and it’s only week 2–is not a sustainable  business model.

3 If they'd been pushing and…

If they'd been pushing and shoving each other and Evans just body-slams Lattimore, I don't think there's a suspension, but running in to flatten him for the second time?  Yeah, Mike Evans deserves the suspension, and it was silly to think he'd be able to appeal it.  He made the situation far worse, and, when he flattened Lattimore, Fournette was already there playing bodyguard, so, you know, why?

The funny thing is Mike Evans is one of the nicest damn people in the entire league.  He's pleasant, does loads of charity work, has his own foundation to help victims of domestic violence, was the Bucs' Man of the Year nominee last year, and, by all accounts, is a happily married family man who has never had any of the kind of drama so many WRs seem to fling off everywhere.  You put him in front of Lattimore?  He goes insane, and he basically turns into that guy in a WWE match smacking people on the back of the head with a folding chair.

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