NFL Player Who Disrespected The National Anthem Because Of Trump, Ends Protest & Apologizes

NFL Player Who Disrespected The National Anthem Because Of Trump, Ends Protest & Apologizes

We’ve seen people do a lot of stupid things in response to the election of Donald Trump, but this has to be the most ridiculous. Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans decided that in protest of a fairly-won election, he was going to pull a Kaepernick and sit down for the National Anthem.

It wasn’t long before he saw how big of a mistake that was.


Two days after his little temper tantrum, Evans issued an apology. I have to give credit where it’s due, at least he was man enough to admit that he made a mistake, or acted out of anger instead of letting his pride get the best of him.

His agent Tweeted his apology, in which he addresses his fans, as well as military members and their families.

“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.”

It’s perfectly okay to support causes that not everyone believes in, but to do it in such an offensive way effectively shuts down any attempt at dialogue and casts a bad light on your beliefs.

The fact that he apologized to those he offended while still taking a stand for what he believes in makes him, at least in my eyes, worth listening to. We are all guilty of acting in anger before thoroughly examining an action and its possible ramifications, but how many of us would be willing to admit it to millions?

Evans also made it clear that he will no longer be kneeling during the Anthem and will be standing with his teammates during the next game. I’m proud of him. In this day and age it’s easier to double-down on a poor decision than to admit you were wrong. Good for him.

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