Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans, who knelt for the national anthem this past Sunday, has issued a statement, noting that he will no longer be kneeling in protest.
Mike Evans, who knelt for the national anthem ahead of his team's game against the Chicago Bears last Sunday, apologized to all United States military members, their families and his fans. Here's the statement, via ESPN's Josina Anderson:
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.
Monday, it was discovered that Evans, who is registered to vote in Galveston, Texas, mentioned on Instagram last week that he did not actually vote.