Brouhahas can be costly for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The Buccaneers will be without another receiver this coming Sunday. The ruling from the appeal that wide receiver Mike Evans placed with the NFL is in.

On Wednesday, Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers top wideout, found out that his appeal of the one game suspension for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct towards Marshon Lattimore, the number one defensive back of the New Orleans Saints, was denied by the NFL.

This is not the first time Evans has been suspended by the National Football League. There was a similar incident back in 2017.  Similar in that Evans got into it with Marshon Lattimore of New Orleans Saints. Not so much alike, that back then, Evans referred to his behavior as, “childish and unacceptable”.

After the game where the aforementioned incident occurred between Evans and Lattimore, Evans claimed he responded to his teammate being punched in the face. The day of the game, Evans and Lattimore were both ejected from the game, but Mike Evans was the only player that was penalized with a one game suspension.

There’s a phenomenon that takes place during almost all competition. The more competitive individuals are, the more vocal they usually become.  It definitely happens at the professional level, which all fans and viewers of said event, can appreciate the heightened spiritedness; it usually reminiscent of a dynamic battle going on between two superb athletes.  When it comes to the running of the mouth, not the activity itself, it is called jawing or chirping.

A benign definition of chirping is, to make sharply critical, complaining, or taunting remarks.  It is a fine line what is considered acceptable when it comes to the National Football League and “chirping”.  What is a much broader and definitive line is when players become physical with each other (not during the game).  This falls into the category of unnecessary roughness and is applicable in Mike Evans case unfortunately for him and the Buccaneers, especially for this coming Sunday when they meet the visiting Green Bay Packers, home at Raymond James Stadium at 4:25pm.

Brouhahas can be costly, but they do not necessarily need to be a negative. There is an opportunity to learn from what transpired.  Let’s not put a damper on coming away with a win out of New Orleans!  The Buccaneers can continue to rally and pull together as a Team to pull out a win against a formidable opponent.  Let’s Go!!

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