Bucs React To Mike Evans’ TMZ VideoAugust 23rd, 2014
Yesterday, TMZ.com unearthed a video of Bucs rookie wide receiver Mike Evans getting into a hassle outside a Miami night club. The site incorrectly reported the date of the incident to be last Saturday.
In fact, the Bucs hosted Miami in a preseaosn game Saturday, a game in which Evans played in (remember the near-touchdown?). Then, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times confirmed with Evans’ agent that the incident took place in March, some six weeks before Evans was drafted by the Bucs.
Since, the Bucs have reacted:.
“The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami,” Evans said. “The issue occurred at the end of the night when someone in my party was approached by a member of the security staff. The situation escalated very quickly from there, but fortunately no one was injured. I regret that this incident that happened nearly six months ago has become a distraction to my team and I look forward to continuing to prepare for the start of my rookie season with the Buccaneers.”
TMZ later reported Evans was trying to re-enter the club to escort his girlfriend out of the club and club security would not let him back in.
“During his time here since we drafted him in May, Mike has met all of our expectations both on and off the football field,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said. “After speaking with Mike, our feelings about him remain unchanged. We expect him to be an important member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for many years to come and we consider this matter closed.”
Joe can say this about Evans after interviewing Evans several times, the firs back at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In each interview, Evans has been nothing but professional, cooperative, friendly, kind and intelligent.
In every instance Joe has had to deal with Evans, he has been the polar opposite of the agitated man hurtling over cars displayed in the video.