Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady has made it clear that he thinks the NFL handing Mike Evans a one-game suspension is "ridiculous." Following Evans' brawl with New Orleans Saints' cornerback Marshon Lattimore, the NFL handed Evans a one-game suspension.
Lattimore tried to trash talk Brady and shoved Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette, before Evans came to the picture and shoved Lattimore. "I think just sometimes the emotions get the best of us, and I love Mike. And the fact that Mike would come out there to defend me means everything in the world to me as a teammate and a friend," Brady said, per the Tampa Bay Times.
The Buccaneers host the Green Bay Packers and Brady is not happy about the Evans suspension. "Mike knows how I feel about him," Brady said. "So in the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over, and they obviously did (Sunday), and it's an unfortunate circumstance.
I don't think it deserved any type of suspension; I think that's ridiculous. Hopefully we can move past it and get to a better place."
Brady takes some responsibility for the Evans suspension
Brady noted that the Buccaneers and Saints were engaging in trash talk throughout the game.
That's why he feels it's unfair to put all the blame on Evans. "Obviously if I didn't run down there to argue with the call, if things weren't said back and forth between both teams, it could've been avoided," Brady said.
"There's a lot of things that go into it and there's a lot of things at fault, so I don't think Mike should be the one to be blamed and singled out. Unfortunately he has been, and that's just the reality of life in the NFL." Evans and Lattimore have a history.
In 2017, the two fought but Evans avoided a suspension. After the latest fight, Evans was asked whether he feared suspension. "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 felt he wouldn't get a suspension, but the league handed him one. At least, the Buccaneers were able to escape with a 20-10 win in New Orleans this past Sunday.