Mike Evans said it "gets spicy" in New Orleans following his brawl with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Evans and Lattimore, who have a history, engaged in a bench-clearing brawl in Week 2.
After the officials reviewed what happened, they hit both Evans and Lattimore with ejections.
"It gets spicy when you come to New Orleans," Evans said. It's not the first time Evans and Lattimore got into in the field. In 2017, Evans shoved Lattimore to the ground during the Buccaneers and Saints game in New Orleans.
Evans wasn't suspended in 2017 and he doesn't expect to be suspended now. "Naw, naw, naw, naw," Evans said. "That was terrible -- 2017 I didn't even get ejected and that was really a cheap shot.
This wasn't. He punched my teammate in the face and I just pushed him to the ground."
Evans on what happened on the play that started the brawl
"All I seen was we were trying to get a flag called or whatever, and it wasn't called, and all I see is Lattimore, he like punched Lenny in the face or something like that and like, pushed Tom.
That's all I saw. I just pushed him," Evans said. Buccaneers tight tackle Tristan Wirfs tried to de-escalate the fight but some players thought that he was engaging in the fight. "Ryan Griffin told me, whenever we play these guys, just to keep an eye on Mike," he said.
"So I saw that started and I sprinted down there and I like, went to the bottom of the pile and grabbed Mike and pulled him out. I was really tired after that. I saw a little opening and everybody was pulling on me, thinking I'm trying to fight people.
And I was like, 'I'm trying to get Mike out of there.' " After the game, NFL senior vice president of officiating Walt Anderson said both Evans and Lattimore warranted to be thrown out. "They were involved in the altercation," Anderson said.
"League policy advises players that coming to the defense or assistance of your fighting teammates does not excuse you for entering the area. So those actions, as well as the physical actions that both players engaged in, we just felt they were flagrant and rose to the level of disqualification." In the end, the Buccaneers claimed a 20-10 road win over the Saints and now own a 2-0 record.