Monday, June 18, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Evans sits during anthem to protest Trump's election

TAMPA — Bucs receiver Mike Evans sat on the bench, his ball cap removed, during the national anthem before Sunday's game to protest Donald Trump being elected president.

"I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in," Evans told the media. "I'm not big on politics. I told myself, 'If this happens, then America's not right, right now.' I said this a long time ago. When (Trump) ran, I thought it was a joke. And the joke continues. I'm not a political person that much, but I've got common sense. I know when something's not right."

Evans' comments came after a 36-10 win over the Bears. He made it clear that he didn't mean to take away from the "Salute to Service" military tribute the Bucs had Sunday, an event that included an oath of enlistment at halftime and jets flying over Raymond James Stadium after the anthem.

"I don't want to disrespect the veterans or anything," Evans, 23, said. "The men and women that have served 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."

Evans then invoked the hidden-camera prank show Punk'd that actor Ashton Kutcher produced for MTV from 2003-2007.

TOM JONES: Criticism of Mike Evans' protest is the real shame.

"When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we've been punked, then I'll stand again. I won't stand anymore," Evans said.

Evans didn't elaborate on what he objected to about Trump's election, which has led to protests across the country. He said his protest is different from that of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has kneeled during the anthem to protest treatment of minorities.

When asked why he was protesting, Evans spoke generally of who Trump is in his opinion.

"For how a reality star can be the president," Evans said, "that's not a good look for America, I don't think, for who he is. It's not about the Republican Party, the Democratic Party or anything like that. It's who he is. It's well-documented what he's done, and I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in."

The Bucs said in a statement they "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."

Comments
Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

Bucs journal: O.J. Howard poised to take off?

TAMPA — There's always a lot of attention on the rookie class this time of year, rightfully so. There's a reason the Bucs focused on defense, and DT Vita Vea, CBs M.J. Stewart, Carlton Davis and S Justin Whitehead all look like they could have ...
Published: 06/16/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow pleads not guilty to kidnapping, rape charges

Times wiresVISTA, Calif. – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was jailed without bail Friday after pleading not guilty to nine counts of kidnapping, rape and other charges.If convicted on all counts, Winslow, 34, could face...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs still donít know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

Bucs still donít know when Jameis Winston will throw another pass that matters

TAMPA — The last pass thrown by Jameis Winston in a regular-season game was his best. The perfectly arced, 39-yard strike to Chris Godwin for a touchdown with nine seconds left gave the Bucs a 31-24 win over New Orleans at Raymond James Stadium...
Published: 06/15/18
Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

Bucs busy on next Ray-Jay renovation with East Stadium Club

The first Bucs home game of the 2018 season is still three months off, but the franchise is busy getting Raymond James Stadium ready with the fourth phase of its $160 million renovation, highlighted by a new East Stadium Club.Construction continues t...
Published: 06/15/18
Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

Sports Day Tampa Bay podcast: Gerald McCoy sounds off

The Bucs wrap up minicamp as Gerald McCoy sounds off on the team getting help for him, defensive line coach Brentson Buckner yelling at the veteran defensive tackle and advice for the young players who now have five weeks off before training camp.Plu...
Published: 06/15/18
Gerald McCoy: ĎStop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got helpí

Gerald McCoy: ĎStop saying Gerald got help. No, the Bucs got helpí

TAMPA — On the last day of minicamp, DT Gerald McCoy made it clear that the new additions to the defensive line are what the entire team needed, not just himself."It's not about me. It's about the team," McCoy said of the addition of five new l...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

Bucs hit summer break with optimism, eager for training camp

TAMPA — This week's three-day minicamp was the final push in the Bucs' offseason, with about six weeks now until the team reconvenes in late July for training camp and the real preamble to the 2018 season.So what, if anything, can be gleaned fr...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Maybe 2018 is the year the Bucs take that step forward

Maybe 2018 is the year the Bucs take that step forward

TAMPA — The Bucs wrapped up a three-day minicamp on Thursday.“I’m going on vacation,’’ Bucs coach Dirk Koetter said.The next time we see the Bucs will be in five weeks. Just around the corner. That’s when, official...
Published: 06/14/18
Updated: 06/15/18
Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

Ex-Buc Kellen Winslow arrested on suspicion of rape, kidnapping

Times wiresSAN DIEGO – Former Bucs and Hurricanes tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. was arrested Thursday on suspicion of multiple sex-crimes-related charges, including two counts of rape, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.The departmen...
Published: 06/14/18
Sealed and delivered: Bucs RB Ronald Jones signs rookie contract

Sealed and delivered: Bucs RB Ronald Jones signs rookie contract

The Bucs' 2018 draft class is now all in the fold, with running back Ronald Jones, second-rounder from USC, signing his rookie deal Thursday.Jones, who won't turn 21 until August after the Bucs go to training camp, was the last of Tampa Bay's eight d...
Published: 06/14/18