Bucs’ Mike Evans donates $11,000 to family of shooting victim

Mike Evans, shown last season, made an $11,000 donation Saturday to the family of a man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Florida in 2014.(TIMES FILES | 2017)
Mike Evans, shown last season, made an $11,000 donation Saturday to the family of a man shot and killed by sheriff's deputies in Florida in 2014.(TIMES FILES | 2017)
Published July 21 2018

Turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only person that Bucs receiver Mike Evans reached out to on Twitter on Saturday.

The Bucs receiver fired back at the president after a tweet suggesting that NFL players who protest during the national anthem should be suspended. But then he saw a story about a Florida family needing help after a father was shot and killed by two sheriff's deputies in 2014. A jury ruled in favor of the police, but awarded the family $4.

"Is there a GoFundMe or a donation page for the family?" Evans asked on Twitter.

When multiple fans reached out with a link to the fundraising effort for family of  Gregory Hill, Evans stepped up and made a donation of $11,000, pushing the overall online donations to the family to close to $100,000.

Evans signed a five-year extension this spring worth $82 million, saying that very day: "I plan on helping a lot of people." In April, he donated $10,000 to a childhood friend who was injured in an accidental shooting.

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