Controversy in the NFL has to do with… golf lessons?
Following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Week 7 loss to the Carolina Panthers after the game, Buccaneers spokesman Mike Evans called the tunnel. It turned out that two judges asked Evans for an autograph when he scrawled something on a white card.
There is a rule in the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Referees Association that the refereeing team “must not … ask players, coaches, or any other team personnel for autographs or memorabilia.”
But apparently this was not the case with Evans.
According to NFL Network, Jeff Lambert, one of the officials who approached Evans, went to Texas A&M like Evans and wanted his phone number to be given to a golf pro so Evans could take lessons. Lambert didn’t have a card for Evans to write on, so he borrowed one from Tripp Sutter, the other referee on the video.
Evans’ explanation matched that of the NFL Network.
“I didn’t sign an autograph, I’ll tell you that,” Evans told reporters on Tuesday. “I talk to many officials, we are all human. He’s a nice guy, so we talked about golf. That’s all we talked about.”
The NFL statement did not mention any disciplinary action against either Lambert or Sutter, but the league said they were both “reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of foul play when communicating with players, coaches and club staff on game day – including pre-game.” and post-game periods.
Lambert has been in the NFL for 21 years, and Sutter is in his fourth.
Meanwhile, if the Buccaneers continue to play as they did on Sunday, a playoff berth is unlikely, meaning Evans, who missed a potential 64-yard pass in the first quarter, could need those golf lessons sooner than he does. hopes.