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Sen. Latvala calls for Bucs boycott after WR Evans sits during national anthem

WFLA Web Staff -

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) --- Senator Jack Latvala says he's boycotting Tampa Bay Buccaneers games after wide receiver Mike Evans' decided to sit during the national anthem at Sunday's game. 

Evans said he did not stand during the anthem in protest of Donald Trump being elected President of the United States. Evans said that this was not a one-time occurrence and that he would continue to sit during the national anthem at future games.

The move did not go over well with State Senator Jack Latvala, who released the following statement on Monday-

"Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans' decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem at Sunday's game is a slap in the face to our veterans, our active duty military, and every freedom-loving American in Tampa Bay. I am deeply offended and will not attend another Bucs game until Evans either apologizes or is no longer on the team."

Evans feels strongly about his controversial move. He said that when a reality star is elected president, it is not a good look for America.

"I'm not a political person but I have common sense," said Evans, who caught four passes for 66 yards Sunday. "When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we've been punked, then I'll stop."

Latvala, who represents Clearwater, said that Evans' behavior was unacceptable and wants Bucs fans and members of the community to let Evans know that what he did was wrong.

"On a day when our veterans were honored for their service and sacrifice to our country, Evans decided to make a political statement. This is unacceptable. The military plays a special role in our community. We have 12,000 active duty military stationed at MacDill Air Force Base including the US Central Command and US Special Operations Command, in addition to our more than 133 thousand retired military living here. We love and respect our military in Tampa Bay. Evans, who makes $3.6 million a year to play football, needs to better understand what we stand for here in Tampa Bay. I call on Buccaneer fans and our community to send him a loud message," said Latvala.

The Bucs play Kansas City next Sunday. Their next home game will be Nov. 27 against the Seattle Seahawks.


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