Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans kneeled during the national anthem today.
Mike Evans knelt during the national anthem to protest the election of Donald Trump, who won the presidency on Tuesday. Trump’s victory has been met with both celebration and criticism within the sports world, but this seems to be the first in-game protest from a player.
Evans explained his decision post-game to ESPN.
“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.”
He continued, saying that he thought when Trump ran that it “was a joke.”
Former Texas A&M Aggie / Buccaneers WR Mike Evans sat during the National Anthem to protest Donald Trump's presidential win pic.twitter.com/9G3yGFVy5R
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When asked how long his protest will go on, Evans said as long as Trump is the president-elect.
If he continues protesting through Trump’s presidency, the earliest he would be able to stand would be sometime in November 2020.