Seven-time Super Bowl champ Tom Brady made his thoughts crystal clear when he blasted the NFL for suspending his teammate, wide receiver Mike Evans, for one game following a fight during Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints.
During the 45-year-old quarterback’s “Let’s Go” podcast Monday, Brady slammed the league for the punishment. Evans got into a scuffle with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, and both were ejected. Brady claimed all Evans did was have his teammate’s back.
“I don’t think it deserved any type of suspension,” the Buccaneers star explained. “I think that’s ridiculous.”
“You know, in the end, I appreciate Mike having my back,” he added. “I know he’ll learn from it. And he knows that we all have his back.”
Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore have gone at it three sperate times over the years.
Evans was suspended one game for what happened in 2017 — so another suspension would not be a surprise.
Here's a video of all three fights.pic.twitter.com/dRiCVN5WhE
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The Bucs QB also took some of the blame as he shared that it wouldn’t have been an issue if he hadn’t “run down” the field to challenge the call. However, he also said Evans shouldn’t have been “blamed and singled out” for a fight that involved multiple players. Tampa Bay went on to beat New Orleans 20-10.
On Monday, the league announced that Evans was out for one game for violating “unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules,” TMZ noted.
“After a play had ended, you were walking toward your sidelines,” a letter to Evans from NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan read. “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,” it added. “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.”
As the broadcasters noted during the game, this isn’t the first brawl between Evans and the Saints’ cornerback. The two have gone to blows other times over the years.
In 2017, Evans was suspended one game after coming at the Saints’ player from behind, ESPN noted. In 2020, the two NFL players went at it again, this time with Lattimore shoving Evans first, and was fined $10,500 for unnecessary roughness.