NFL’s Mike Evans Says He Will Sit Through National Anthem As Long As Trump Is President Elect
We had to show some love to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans who sat through the National Anthem this Sunday to protest Donald Trump being elected.
In an interview ith ESPN Evans explained his decision:
“I’m not big on politics or anything like that, but I told myself, ‘If this happens, America is not right right now,'” Evans said on Trump being elected. “I said this a long time ago — when he ran, I thought it was a joke. The joke continues.”
Evans also explained that his decision is not based on the same reasons Kaepernick is sitting — the mistreatment of Blacks in America — but because he doesn’t think it’s appropriate for a reality star to be our president:
“I know Kaepernick did that,” Evans said. “I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That’s not a good look. … I’m not a political person, but I have common sense and I know something is not right.”
Evans said that as long as Trump is the president-elect, he will refuse to stand, saying, “When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says, ‘We’ve been Punk’d,’ I’ll stand again, but I won’t stand anymore.”
He added, “It’s not about the Republican Party or the Democratic Party or anything like that. It’s just who he is. It’s well-documented what he’s done. I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in. That’s the end of that.”
We are loving the fact that people who are not normally political are finding themselves unable to just sit idly by and ignore the BS!
There was another element to Sunday’s game however, the Bucs’ annual “Salute to Service” game, which honors members of the armed forces.
“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said. “The men and women that served this country — I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that.”
Pressed for specifics as to why he does not support Trump, Evans declined to discuss it further.
The Buccaneers released the following statement regarding Evans:
“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.”
Yes indeed! Freedom of Speech allows us to continue to protest the BS that is going on right now.