TAMPA (FOX 13) - As protests against Donald Trump’s presidency continued around the country, Tampa Bay Bucs player Mike Evans took a knee during the National Anthem Sunday. Evans said, “When he (Trump) ran, I thought it was a joke.”
Evans said he had not informed the team of his plans, adding that he did not want his intentions to be misconstrued.
The Bucs released the following statement:
“The Buccaneers are deeply committed to the military and honoring the great men and women that have dedicated their lives and have made great sacrifices to insure all the tremendous freedoms we have in this great country. We 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, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.”
The Bucs won at Sunday's home game 36-10.