“This Is Unfortunate”: Facing Suspension for Defending Tom Brady, Mike Evans’ Manager Speaks Out on His Client’s Punishment for a “Non-egregious Violation”

Published 09/22/2022, 4:54 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – SEPTEMBER 18: Marcus Maye #6 of the New Orleans Saints argues with Mike Evans #13 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on the field during the second half of the game at Caesars Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans is suspended for one game, and NFL’s Hearing Officer James Thrash turning Evans’ latest appeal against the suspension down. Evans’ manager Deryk Gilmore released a statement to express his displeasure at this unfortunate decision.

The suspension comes after the Bucs’ wide receiver was involved in a fight with New Orleans Saints’ Marshon Lattimore. The fight started when Tom Brady, who was appealing to the referee about a possible foul, got into a verbal spat with Lattimore. 

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Leonard Fournette, who was nearby, proceeded to push Lattimore away, which resulted in a tussle between them. Seconds later, Evans, who had been on the sidelines, spotted the tussle. He then charged into Lattimore, sending the latter crashing into the ground.

Sep 18, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) and safety Marcus Maye (6) get into a penalty with Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) and they are ejected after the play during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports | Reuters

They soon disqualified Lattimore from the game along with Evans. But Evans is the only one facing suspension, on the grounds of ‘‘violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules.” 

Mike Evans’ suspension: Manager Deryk Gilmore expresses disappointment

Unsurprisingly, this wasn’t the first time they suspended Evans for having a scuffle with Lattimore. In 2017, Evans received a one-game suspension for leveling Lattimore while the latter was in a heated argument with the then Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston.

After Evans’ appeal to overturn the suspension was rejected by NFL’s Hearing Officer James Thrash, Gilmore released a statement. Clearly expressing his frustration at the judgment, which evidently was unfair, according to him.

Twitter, as always, went berserk, with everyone giving their piece about the incident. There were suggestions of conspiracy, even. 

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The suspension means Evans will miss the Bucs’ first home game of the season against the Aaron Rodgers-led Green Bay Packers. The Bucs have, reportedly at Brady’s behest, signed Cole Beasley to cover the injury-plagued wide receiver roster. 

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With the Tampa Bay offense seemingly lacking, this veteran addition could be the key to more efficient and in-sync plays. Whether this will prove fruitful immediately against the Packers is unknown. But hopes are high for more stellar performances in the near future.

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Arjun Sukumaran

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Arjun Sukumaran is an NFL author at Essentially Sports. A Mechanical Engineering graduate, his debating stints and voyages into research have become a part of his everyday life. Arjun loves cheeseburgers and is a fan of the Kansas City Chiefs.

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