NFL star sits during anthem in protest of President-elect Donald Trump

(CNN)”I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in.”

So said Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans, as he became the latest high-profile NFL star to protest during the pre-game US national anthem.
Prior to his team’s 36-10 home win against the Chicago Bears, the wide receiver sat as the Star Spangled Banner played — later saying “America’s not right” in the wake of Donald Trump’s election.
“When he ran, I thought it was a joke and the joke continues,” Evans said after the game.
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“I’m not a political person that much, but I’ve got common sense. And I know when something’s not right.
“When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been Punk’d, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.”
Co-founded by Kutcher, Punk’d is an American TV series which features a series of practical jokes being played on people.
Last week, Trump beat Hillary Clinton to be named the 45th US president, but many of his policies have caused widespread division.
The 70-year-old labeled Mexican immigrants as “rapists”, “criminals” and “drug addicts”, while also suggesting a nationwide ban on Muslims.
Trump also received heavy criticism after a tape emerged in which he admitted to groping women.
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Evans said he heard some booing, which he expected, during the protest that came on the Buccaneers’ annual “Salute to Service” game, a day honoring members of the armed forces.
“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women who serve this country, I’m forever indebted to them,” he said.
“But the things that’s been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that.”
Both literally and metaphorically, it would appear.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel this season during the national anthem, though Evans says his protest was entirely motivated by Trump.
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“I know Kaepernick did that,” he said. “I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That’s not a good look.”
“It’s not about the Republican party or the Democratic party or anything like that. It’s just who he is.

“It’s well-documented what he’s done. I’m not gonna stand for something I don’t believe in. That’s the end of that.”
In a short statement released after the game, the Buccaneers said it encouraged all its members to stand but also respected their right to freedom of speech.
“The Buccaneers are deeply committed to the military and honoring the great men and women that have dedicated their lives and have made great sacrifices to insure all the tremendous freedoms we have in this great country,” it read.

“We encourage all members of our organization to respectfully honor our flag during the playing of the National Anthem.
“We also recognize every individual’s constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.”


  1. heard the news? chump just appointed one of his neo-nazi protoge as one of his chief of staffs, I can smell it coming, I feel very very sorry for whomever take the post of head of the department of justice not if but when his regime changes, imagine all the racial, semitic and ethnic complaints, let alone law suits, when this lunatic leaves office, America will be 500 years in debt to pay for or settle all those lawsuits, if obama knows what I knows he better garnish chumps billions from now because the country gonna need every penny of it to settle human rights and civil rights law suits!


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