No Tampa Bay Buccaneers player had protested the national anthem until Sunday’s game against the Bears, and wide receiver Mike Evans said after the game that his decision to kneel during the pregame ceremony wasn’t a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. Evans said after the Buccaneers’ win that he chose to sit out the anthem in protest of Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election and that he will continue with his protest in the coming weeks.
“I don’t want to, you know, disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been punked, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.