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Mike Evans Suspension Looms, says an NFL insider

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was quick to publicize his motives for his altercation and sacking on Sunday, September 18.

Evans shoved New Orleans Saints defenseman Marshon Lattimore, leading to a brawl between the two teams in the Bucs’ 20-10 win. It could likely result in a ban for both players, which Evans downplayed when speaking to reporters In the locker room. The NFL will review it on Monday, Sept. 18, a source “with knowledge of the situation” told Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

“History is key,” Florio wrote. “The league will also consider how close the game came to spiraling out of control due to the behavior of Evans and Lattimore.”

Evans cited their previous altercation in 2017 as a defense for not having a suspension this time. He was banned for one game for the 2017 incident.

“2017 was awful,” Evans told reporters. “I wasn’t even kicked out [then], and that was really a cheap shot. That was not. He punched my teammate in the face and I just pushed him to the ground.”

On Sunday that The show showed Lattimore confronting Leonard Fournette first and then Tom Brady before Fournette shoved Lattimore. Then Lattimore shoved Fournette back before Evans threw Lattimore to the ground as the melee broke out.

“It’ll be hot when you come to New Orleans,” Evans told reporters. “And they are a good team, physical team. We adjusted that today. I know we tried to have a flag hailed or whatever and then it wasn’t hailed. All I see is Lattimore punch [Fournette] in the face or something and then shoved Tom. That’s all I saw.”

Evans took his case to an umpire and said what appeared to be “that’s Tom Brady what you want me to do”. per shipment.

On the way out, Evans pushed a camera and handed his soccer gloves to a fan. That Broadcast clip went viral on social media.

“Super competitive. He was just too emotional today,” Evans said ESPN’s Jeff Darlington said of Lattimore. “You don’t hit guys on the field. He punched Lenny and I can’t do that to my teammates. So I pushed him… it turned into a fight.”

Fournette, who was close to the altercation, later declined to go into details when reporters spoke to him. He was referring to watching the replay instead.

“It’s football, you know,” said Fournette. “Emotions play a role. Should never have happened but it is what it is.”

Brady didn’t want to address Evans’ dispute afterward either. Brady called it “an emotional play” and deflected it as a motive for the Bucs’ fourth-quarter turnaround.

Evans and Brady quickly bonded after the game when Brady left the field. The Bucs social media team shared a few moments on twitter.

If Evans is suspended, the Bucs could be without their top three receivers for Week 3 against the Green Bay Packers.

The Bucs fielded star receivers Julio Jones and Chris Godwin against the Saints, and there’s no guarantee either will play against the Packers. Brady has to rely on Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller when Godwin, Jones and Evans can’t play.

The Bucs fielded star receivers Julio Jones and Chris Godwin against the Saints, and there’s no guarantee either will play against the Packers. Brady has to rely on Russell Gage, Breshad Perriman and Scotty Miller when Godwin, Jones and Evans can’t play.



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