Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is facing a lot of scrutiny over his fight with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and local businesses are responding.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore got in yet another fight on Sunday. Evans was sticking up for legendary quarterback and teammate Tom Brady, but he got a one-game suspension for his actions.
The NFL isn’t the only place he’s suspended. A New Orleans barbecue restaurant went to the extreme and banned Evans for life. They placed a photo sign on their door with a red sign over Evans’ face, saying, “This is a NO Mike Evans Establishment.”
Evans probably didn’t expect so many consequences from a moment of having his teammates back, but he and Brady at least seem appreciative of each other through it all.
Buccaneers teammates Mike Evans and Tom Brady are appreciative of each other
Evans initially started the fight with Lattimore because of a comment made about Brady. He was then seen telling the referees, “That’s Tom Brady, what do you want me to do?”
Brady spoke out on the situation on the Let’s Go! podcast, sharing that he’s extremely appreciative of Evans and that he thinks his NFL suspension is “ridiculous.”
"“In the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over, and they obviously did yesterday. It’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension. I think that’s ridiculous. Hopefully, we can get past it and move to a better place.”"
He then went on to say, “The fact that Mike would come out there to defend me means everything in the world to me as a teammate and as a friend.”
Evans may have lost the respect of New Orleans natives, but he likely didn’t have much anyway considering how big the division rivalry is between the Bucs and the Saints. He maintained what matters most: Respect from his teammates, particularly Tom Brady, the GOAT.