Tampa Bay WR takes knee during National Anthem in protest of election

TAMPA, Fl. (WFLA) – Prior to Sunday’s game with the Chicago Bears, not one member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had taken a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

Wide receiver Mike Evans became the first.

The Texas A&M product said he did so in protest of Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. Evans added that this was not a one-time thing and that he would continue to do so.

After the Bucs, 36-10, drubbing of the Bears, he addressed the issue.

“I know [Colin] Kaepernick did it, but I am doing it [kneeling] for a different reason,” he explained. “When a reality TV star can be elected President that is not a good look for America.”

Evans went on to say when he first heard Trump was seeking the Republican nomination he thought it was a joke. When the President-Elect employed a campaign filled with a tone of racism and sexism the Bucs leading receiver was shocked.

“I’m not a political person but I have common sense,” said Evans, who caught four passes for 66 yards Sunday. “When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stop [kneeling.]”

Next week Tampa Bay travels to Kansas City to play the Chiefs with playoff hopes very much still alive. The Bucs (4-5) were the only team in the NFC South to win on Sunday.

They trail division-leading Atlanta by two games.

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