Mike Evans apologizes for being “unprofessional” after suspension upheld

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Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans lost his appeal and will miss Sunday’s game against the Jets.

The NFL announced the decision from appeals officer James Thrash to uphold Evans’ one-game suspension. Evans shoved Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to the ground in the Bucs’ loss to the Saints, setting off a skirmish between the teams. Officials did not eject him.

Evans apologized Tuesday in a statement released by the team.

“I want to sincerely apologize for my actions during Sunday’s game,” the statement read. “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.”

31 responses to “Mike Evans apologizes for being “unprofessional” after suspension upheld

  1. “I saw my quarterback getting shoved and I let my emotions get the better of me.

    Your quarterback is still as immature as he was when he stole the crab legs…and it cost you $

  2. Every time I see a player get suspended for on field conduct it makes me wonder what dirt Ndamukong Suh has on Goodell.

  3. 13 yards gained on one reception for the afternoon and one penalty for 15 yards. You and the Bucs would have been better off if you’d stayed home.

  4. I think you can certainly forgive someone when they let their emotions get the better of them, but to some extent it is a true indication of who they are as a person.

  5. I seriously don’t understand why articles refer to it as a “shove” – not trying to be a semantic crybaby but he launched himself in the air and tackled Lattimore from behind


  6. First, Evans did NOT “shove” Lattimore from behind – he ran into him from behind at full speed – cheap shot. Second, the one who should apologize is Jamis Winston. He acted like a twelve year old by poking Lattimore’s helmet from behind. Winston is lucky Lattimore didn’t punch him in the face since his helmet was off. Winston had several instances in college that he blamed on “immaturity”. What is Winston’s excuse now – that he is still an immature idiot?

  7. Wonder if Winston will be apologizing for starting the whole thing? I won’t hold my breath waiting…

  8. Has Mike Evans apologized for taking a knee and disrespecting the American Flag? The players are protesting police brutality at the same time they, themselves, are brutalizing opposing players.

  9. sumkat says:
    November 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    So now it goes to court right? Isn’t that how NFL suspensions work now?

    Nope. Only the ones where Goodell was grossly incompetent and/or were the result of fraud.

  10. Was their really a reason to appeal it? There was zero chance it was getting reduced and now it looks like you are only apologizing because your agent told you to.

    Bad look all around.

  11. Funny how he apologizes and admits he was wrong but a few hours earlier he wasn’t apologing or sorry about it at all. He is only sorry because he is getting punished.

  12. Protect your qb. This is football. You whiny babies about pushing and shoving are ridiculous. These guys hot and attack eachother. A push or tackle after the play.. I get it. It’s uncalled for or maybe a penalty. But this is why it gets getting more like flag football. Because you forget that they are out giving all they have each play. It gets emotional. That’s why we watch! Keep it up !

  13. Still waiting for a suspension for the Bucs’ late whole body lunge on Brady’s knees a few weeks back, when he was just stood in pocket 4-5 seconds after throwing. Officials missed it, announcers missed it but TV replay decided to show it clearly.

  14. I would appeal it as well with the amount of money you lose with one game suspension.

    If you were suspended without pay from your average paying jobs and had an appeal process in place or union i guarantee everyone here would appeal.

    love how everyone on here is perfect person.

    No one mentions it was 4th down and punting team was coming on field yet lattimore was still on BUcs sideline talking smack. than continues to do so after plays rest of game, SAINTS are under the FEMA rules since katrina they get taken care of by everyone every home game (no calls)

  15. The NFLPA appeals all suspensions. I actually believe he is sincere. I saw his interview after the game and he knows he messed up. The players in today’s league would be criticized for not taking up for their quarterback. Maybe he did just see the part of Lattimore shoving his QB.
    Saints fan here

  16. Why is it that the group most offended by the term “inmates” are the ones getting in the most trouble?

  17. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    November 7, 2017 at 6:38 pm
    “I realize it was unprofessional and hurt my team.”

    But apparently didn’t realize it enough not to appeal the suspension.
    why wouldn’t he appeal? he probably knew he would lose, but its worth a try. he doesnt just not play. he also loses quite a bit of money.

  18. I think if you guys were going to miss a $500,000 game check. Even if you knew what you did was wrong you would appeal it also. Because we all know the nfl code of conduct and suspension policy is as hard to understand as what is a catch. If he wins he gets a half million dollar check on Tuesday If he loses he is still the same punk in everyone’s eyes.

  19. realityonetwo says:
    November 8, 2017 at 5:30 am
    Cheap shots, running your mouth the whole game, now takedowns and punches. That’s the new “professional” conduct in the NFL.

    The NFL has become a microcosm of the culture of it’s largest player demographic. Delete this if yo must, but truth is truth. You can’t deny what is right in front of you.

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