Mike Evans National Anthem Protest Streak Ends at One

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 3:  Wide receiver Mike Evans comes down after hauling in a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jameis Winston in front of cornerback Robert Alford #23 of the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter of an NFL game on November 3, 2016 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Mike Evans National Anthem Protest Streak Ends at One

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Mike Evans National Anthem Protest Streak Ends at One

Mike Evans sat for the National Anthem, ostensibly in protest of the election of Donald Trump, before the Bucs win over the Bears on Sunday. He has since incurred a lot of backlash when it was revealed that despite living in the swing state of Florida Evans did not vote.

Now the Tampa wide receiver has released a statement, via ESPN’s Josina Anderson, indicating that he will adjust the medium of his message (H/T Joe Bucs Fan):

I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended by my actions on Sunday. It was never my intention as I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country.

I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans.

With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities.

This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.

It would be interesting to see the conversations that Evans had been then and now.

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