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Jameis Winston on Mike Evans: 'I've got his back'



Quarterback Jameis Winston normally makes big plays on offense throwing passes to Mike Evans, but on Wednesday, he played a little defense for the Bucs’ embattled receiver.

Winston said Evans is highly regarded among teammates and he respects his right not to stand for the national anthem prior to Sunday’s 36-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

Evans said Monday he has ended his protest of President-elect Donald Trump and will stand for the anthem on Sunday at Kansas City.

"Yeah, I talked to him about it. I respect his beliefs. I've got his back," Winston said Wednesday. "Mike is a standup guy. One of the greatest guys on this football team. What he does on the field, what he does off the field, the type of man that he is speaks for itself.

"I know he’s a man of his word. He’s a grown man and so he’s accountable. Mike is an amazing dude and he has tremendous respect for everyone."

[Last modified: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 5:50pm]


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