Mike Evans sat during anthem to protest Donald Trump presidency


Mike Evans sat during the playing of the national anthem on Sunday in protest of Donald Trump being elected as the next President of the United States.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' star wide receiver explained his issue with the country to reporters after his team's 36-10 win over the Chicago Bears.

"If this happens, then America’s not right right now," Evans said, via Sports Illustrated. "I said this a long time ago. When he ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I got common sense. And I know when something’s not right."

Evans' protest came the day after Veterans Day. He was sure to clarify in his postgame comments that he meant no disrespect to the country's servicemen and servicewomen.

"I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything," Evans said. "The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore."

The NFL has seen several national anthem protests this season, but Evans' is the first one in protest of Trump winning the presidential election. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit during the national anthem as a way to protest perceived social injustice. Several others joined in his protest by either kneeling or raising a first during the playing of the national anthem.

Many players expressed dissatisfaction with the result of the presidential election last Tuesday. We'll see if any of them decide to join in Evans' protest in future weeks.

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