Tampa Bay receiver sits during national anthem to protest Trump election

Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans sat during the national anthem before the Buccaneers’ NFL game against the Chicago Bears on Sunday, saying he’s discouraged by the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
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Evans, 23, a third-year pro out of Texas A&M, said his sit-down protest was done because he believes electing “a reality television star” as president is “not a good look for America.”

The protest took place during the “Salute to Service” military tribute the Bucs presented Sunday at Raymond James Stadium. The event included an oath of enlistment at halftime and jets from nearby MacDill Air Force Base flying over the stadium after the anthem, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
“I don't want to disrespect the veterans or anything. The men and women that serve this country, I'm forever indebted to them,” Evans told The Associated Press. “But the things that have been going on in America lately, I'm not going to stand for that.
“I told myself, ‘If this happens, then America is not right right now,’” said Evans, who had four catches for 66 yards in Tampa Bay's 36-10 victory against the Bears. “I said it a long time ago. When he ran I thought it was a joke. The joke continues.”

It was unclear whether Evans voted in Tuesday's election.
In a statement Sunday night, the Buccaneers said the organization is “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.”
"We encourage all members of our organization to respectfully honor our flag during the playing of the national anthem," the team said in the release. "We also recognize every individual's constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.”
Evans said he’ll continue to sit for the anthem as long as Trump is president-elect.
“I'm not a political person that much, but I have common sense,” Evans told the AP. “And I know when something is not right.”

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