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Tom Brady not happy about ‘ridiculous’ suspension given to Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans

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If Tom Brady were the NFL commissioner, he certainly wouldn’t have removed Mike Evans this week from the position that the Buccaneers wide receiver played a fight it came in the second half of Sunday’s Tampa Bay 20-10 victory over the Saints.

During his weekly podcast “Let’s Go”Brady was asked about the fight and the quarterback defended Evans for his actions.

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“I think sometimes emotions get the best of us and I love Mike. And the fact that Mike would come out there to protect me means everything in the world to me as a teammate and friend,” Brady said. via Tampa Bay Times.

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Brady also added that it was “ridiculous” that Evans one-game suspension kickmaking him the only player involved in the fight to be suspended.

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“Mike knows how I feel about him,” Brady said. “So, at the end of the day, emotion is part of the sport. Sometimes they splash out, and they apparently did (on Sunday), which is an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any deduction; I think it’s funny. Hope. we can get past it and get to a better place.”

As the league noted in the suspension announcement, Evans was punished for “forcibly throwing” his body at an unsuspecting opponent (Marshawn Lattimore), as you can see below.

Evans was also punished because he had a previous history with the Saints. In 2017 Evans was suspended for one game for hitting Lattimore blindly, and the NFL takes your previous history into account when assigning penalties.

Although Evans was suspended, Brady accepted some of the responsibility for the recipient’s actions. The quarterback noted that Evans probably wouldn’t have done what he did if Brady hadn’t provoked the situation by arguing the challenge.

“Obviously if I hadn’t run there to argue with the challenge … if both teams hadn’t been talking to each other, this could have been avoided,” Brady said. “There are a lot of things that go into it and there are a lot of things that are to blame, so I don’t think Mike should be blamed and singled out. Unfortunately, he was, and that’s just the reality of life in the NFL.”

The bottom line for the Pirates is that Evans will have to sit out this week, which means Brady will have to figure out how to survive without him in Tampa Bay’s Week 3 clash with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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