Tom Brady Disagrees With The NFL’s Decision To Suspend Mike Evans, Arguing That “Emotions Are A Part Of Sports”

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is speaking out about the NFL’s decision to suspend Mike Evans on his latest edition of Let’s Go! podcast. Evans was suspended for one-game as a result of a major skirmish that broke out during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints. Brady began by expressing his love and appreciation for Evans, and how emotions are a part of the game of football.

“So, in the end, emotions are a part of sports. Sometimes they boil over and they obviously did yesterday. And it’s an unfortunate circumstance. I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension. I think that’s ridiculous,” Brady said. 

The quarterback ended by reiterating how much he appreciates Evans for having his back, and hopes that he learns from the experience.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Evans intends to appeal the one-game suspension issued by the National Football League. 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.

The league’s collective bargaining agreement gives the wide receiver the right to appeal the decision. Evans’ appeal will either be brought before Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, both of whom were jointly appointed by the NFL & NFLPA to rule on appeals regarding on-field discipline of players. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote a letter to Evans, explaining the reason why the league reached a quick decision to suspend the receiver.

“After a play had ended, you were walking toward your sidelines. When you noticed your teammates engaged in a confrontation with Saints players, you ran toward that area on the field and violently threw your body into and struck an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation. You knocked your opponent to the ground and a melee ensued involving players from both teams. Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

Evans spoke to media about the skirmish, claiming that the shove to Lattimore was him coming to the defense of his teammates.

“It gets spicy when you come to New Orleans,” Evans said. “All I see is Lattimore punching Lee [Fournette] in the face or something like that and then pushed Tom,” Evans continued. “That’s all I saw. I just pushed him.”

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