The NFL announced Monday that Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans was suspended for one game without pay after he was ruled out of Sunday’s intense game for participating in a massive brawl with the benches. Evans was suspended for violating NFL rules about unnecessary rudeness and unsportsmanlike conduct.
The brawl, which took place minutes into the fourth quarter at 3-3, began when New Orleans Saints defenseman Marshawn Lattimore waved dismissively in Tom Brady’s face at the end of the game. Brady turned around, apparently to let it slip, as Leonard Furnette shoved Lattimore. Evans, who was on the touchline the whole time, ran in like a heat-seeking missile and grabbed Lattimore and then things moved on.
Lattimore was also ruled out of the game, but his behavior did not warrant a suspension or even a fine. He made no contact with anyone and Furnett pushed him, which likely turned the Brady-Lattimore interaction into an all-out fight.
Tampa’s head coach, Todd Bowles, was not happy with Evans’ behavior.
Evans will miss the Week 3 game between the Bucks and the Green Bay Packers and will return in time to face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 4 on Sunday night.