NFL Conducting Investigation Into Bruce Arians’ Alleged Role Into Sunday’s Saints-Bucs Fight

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The National Football League will be conducting an investigation into former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians for his alleged role in the skirmish that took place on Sunday between Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans and New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Arians was on the Bucs sidelines during the week two matchup, including when the fourth quarter melee ensued. The former head coach is now a senior football consultant for the Buccaneers organization.

After the third down by the Saints defense, Arians could be seen on the sideline exchanging words with Lattimore. According to Mike Florio from ProFootballNetwork, Head Coach Todd Bowles claimed that the reason why Arians was down on the sidelines was due to the fact that the Saints did not provide a booth for Arians and Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht.

However, ESPN’s Katherine Terrell posted the press box seating chart for Sunday’s game, and it lists eighteen reserved seats for Arians and Tampa Bay’s personnel.

Long time Buccaneers reporter Greg Auman responded to the tweet, saying:

‚ÄúThis is true, and Licht and his front office staff have sat in the press box in years past,” Auman said. “They chose not to do so Sunday in New Orleans.”

Rick Stroud, another reporter for the Buccaneers, joined in the conversation also agreeing with Terrell and Auman by stating that the Bucs front office members have sat in the press box “for many, many years at the Superdome and elsewhere”. Stroud also claimed that the change had seemed to coincide with Tom Brady’s arrival in 2020.

Evans’ appeal of the one-game suspension issued by the National Football League is expected to be heard on Tuesday. NFL Network’s Rapoport also says that no further suspensions will be coming out against other players or coaches involved, and that fines will be issued, per standard procedure.

Fox News has more HERE.