The NFL announced Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans has been suspended for one game without pay after being ejected from Sunday’s tension-filled game for playing a role in a massive bench clearance brawl. . Evans is suspended for violating unnecessary roughness and the NFL’s unsportsmanlike conduct rules.
The brawl, which happened just minutes into the fourth quarter with the score 3-3, started when New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore made a dismissive hand motion in Tom Brady’s face. at the end of a play. Brady turned around, presumably to make his mouth drip, which is when Leonard Fournette pushed Lattimore. Evans, who was all the way to the sideline, ran like a homing missile and tackled Lattimore, and then it was all from there.
Lattimore was also ejected from the game, but his behavior did not warrant a suspension or even a fine. He didn’t make contact with anyone, and Fournette pushing him is likely what turned the Brady-Lattimore interaction into a full-fledged brawl.
Head coach Todd Bowles was not thrilled with Evans’ behavior.
Evans will miss the Week 3 game between the Bucs and Green Bay Packers, and will return in time to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 on Sunday Night Football.