Evans Cuts Check For Needy Family

July 22nd, 2018

Mike Evans’ father was murdered by his uncle when Evans was just a young boy. A handful of years later, Hurricane Ike destroyed Evans’ home.

The Bucs’ wide receiver saw a lot of hard times as a youth, the kind most people never endure.

That’s part of what makes Evans eager to help families and children, which he’s been doing more and more lately. And Joe expects more is coming on that front now that Evans has signed a new contract with $55 million guaranteed.

ESPN reports that Evans just coughed up $11,000 to a Florida family who had a father/fiancee shot and killed by police in the garage of their home. A wrongful death suit against police was unsuccessful, and ESPN.com explains how Evans jumped in to help.

Evans asked how he could help the family in a tweet Saturday and was directed to a GoFundMe page that was created after the verdict. Evans’ donation helped push the total raised to nearly $100,000.

When the 24-year-old wide receiver signed his five-year, $82 million extension in March, Evans said of his charity plans, “It’s hard to put into words. With my actions you’ll see it.” Last year, Evans and his wife, Ashli, also founded the Mike Evans Family Foundation, which gives scholarships to high school graduates coming from low-income situations and provides help to women and their families who are victims of domestic violence.

Great stuff from Evans. A hurting family is always a good cause.

Joe sure hopes Evans dives in to become a great philanthropist in the Tampa Bay area. On a recent edition of the I Am Rapaport Podcast, Evans said he made no bold expenditures after signing the massive new contract in March. Evans talked about sitting courtside at an NBA game, taking friends and family to another game and buying his mom a fancy watch.

35 Responses to “Evans Cuts Check For Needy Family”

  1. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Good find and recognition of one of our best.

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    That act of kindness and compassion was awesome of Mike Evans!

  3. Buc believer Says:

    Hmmm let’s see you are disrupting the neighborhood by casting a cuss word filled rap song and a neighbor calls the police and you come out all gangster like when the police come and you wind up shot and we are supposed to feel sorry for this guy why???

  4. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    I have always said….These Pro Athlete’s should take note here. Greed will kill our country!!!!These guys have enough money for them and theirs. They should all take a page from Evans Story and each and everyone of them should find some way to help someone in need!!!! Just that simple. My donation would go to Children’s Hospitals of Cancer Victims. Do that and say it is in recognition of Police Brutality of Inequality on Race instead of taking a knee during the National Anthem!!! Mike Evans is a Beauty $ a Beast!!!!! God Bless #13

  5. webster Says:


    Sure the cops feared for their life and thats why they shot THROUGH a garage door and could not even see the young man unless they had xray vision. We know the likes like you will always side with dirty cops and justify every time a cop kills a minority. You sir are why the players kneel!!!!!

  6. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Kudos for him helping a family in need. It’s a shame the police had to kill the dude–I know they found it in his back pocket, but it was said he raised it at the cops. A shame though, and a good deed from #13. Let’s see Evans also contribute to famiies of police officers killed by thugs. There are plenty in the local area.

    Unfortunately, Evan has also already inserted himself in the Anthem protest controversy again this year–season not even started, and it’s a shame. Hopefully he doesn’t drag it to gameday and on-field protests again. Bucs fans already have enough negative press and vibes to contend with with fellow team captain and the disgrace of Tampa Bay, Jameis Winston. Maybe these to stalwarts will team up again and get Evans suspended for the first three games. Then they can hold three-week watch party. Of course, Winston won’t drink.

    Fans can watch Fitz toss the ball to Freddie Martino in a premium priced home-game.

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    Kudos to Big Mike for finding positive ways like this to use his newly received Millions for the betterment of others.

    A generous act like this makes a lot more sense to me than kneeling during the national anthem to draw attention to the very legit problem of cops using deadly force on American citizens too often without just cause.

    Buc Believer – if that’s how you read this “incident” – then you are part of the problem in this country.

  8. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Webster…testimony is the man opened the door, had his gun raised, and closed the door…and in the process of the door going down shots were fired. The 8 person jury sided with the police, 99%. Don’t raise a guy at the police, and alcohol and scuffles with the law don’t mix, especially when you bring a gun to it.

  9. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Pickgrin…I guess the 8 jurors who heard the case also part of the problem. It seems everyone is the problem but you. Why is that?

  10. Roy T. Buford Says:

    [Goodbye. Joe knows you were trying to be sly. If you cannot behave, then Joe will see to it that you behave permanently. — Joe]

  11. DB55 Says:

    And that’s why they kneel.

    The family was awarded $4 by the courts.

  12. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Oh well…but seriously. What Evans did for the family was a nice gesture. In a hurry today–sorry for the typos. Hopefully all Bucs players get to camp healthy and happy and ready to focus ONLY on football.

  13. DB55 Says:

    The man had an unloaded gun in his back pocket and was in his home. The officer saw it as the man turned away.

    This is why they kneel

  14. webster Says:

    Look you guys can try and spin all you want. The cops shot THROUGH a garage door. If they “saw” him wave it, then they “saw” him put it in his back pocket because he sure did not have time to do it once they opened fire. And why would you fire THROUGH a garage door when you could not see anything? They could have hit innocent children. But that does not matter to some of you because we have learned in the past month that an 8 year old black girl selling water is a threat and a 12 year old black young man running his lawn service is also a threat and so the cops had to be called on them as well. Idiot civilians see blacks as threat yet you blind posters do not think cops are not capable of overreacting when they see a minority. Again this is why they kneel!!!!

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice reading comprehension there Roy.

    Police arriving on a noise complaint shot this man to death and justified it because he had an unloaded pistol IN HIS BACK POCKET which the cops spotted as he was closing the door.

    He DID NOT “raise” the gun towards officers nor make any other threatening action towards them. He simply closed his door before they came in uninvited which was absolutely his right to do.

    So of course the natural reaction based on all their training was to shoot 4 shots through the closed garage door since they caught a glimpse of a pistol in his back pocket – right? SMH

    If they were truly in fear of their lives – unless fired upon or threatened – the proper reaction would have been to run back to their car and call/wait for back up.

  16. Roy T. Buford Says:

    As for the $4, I agree that was a shame. The jury should have not awarded anything–the $4 is likely from the Standard Jury Instructions for civil cases…how to weight negligence by plaintiff and defendents–and was really a tasteless award, and insult. They probably intended to say the whole thing could have been avoided…but you raise a gun to police officers and….nothing good happens…being drunk only makes ones actions worse. But who knows what the jury was thinking. The instructions are typically:
    “…if the greater weight of the evidence shows that both (claimant) and [(defendant)] [one or more of the defendants] were negligent and that the negligence of each contributed as a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] sustained by (claimant), you should determine what percentage of the total negligence of [both] [all] parties to this action was caused by each.”

  17. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Pickgrin…got the report…police said the gun was raised when the door was open. Period. The jury clearly believed the same thing. I know, all those evil juors and police…and Uber drivers in the world.

  18. Roy T. Buford Says:

    @Webster meltdown: “….we have learned in the past month that an 8 year old black girl selling water is a threat and a 12 year old black young man running his lawn service is also a threat and so the cops had to be called on them as well. Idiot civilians see blacks as threat yet you blind posters do not think cops are not capable of overreacting when they see a minority. Again this is why they kneel!!!!”

    LOL. Dude, do you know all those people? Such assumptions on people who aren’t like you I guess. Cops are human, yes. But they are not demons. Anyone who raises a gun at them needs to watch out. If it makes you feel better, they probably would have shot a white dude too…anyone raising a gun. And rightfully so. Go study the actual report and what the juror came up with. It’s a shame a guy is dead.

    And let those NFL players take their causes up, whatever they are, on their own time. That’s the simple point.

  19. webster Says:

    Roy t

    You are a blind idiot period. Cops lie on minorities all the time. Google Andrew collins and read his lying story on a minority. Google wayne wagner from pinellas county. Google Sean courter. Thats just a few off of the top of my head. Your ignorance in this corrupt criminal justice system is alarming and you sir are why these players kneel!!!!

  20. webster Says:

    What good is reading a report when many cops falsify them? Your blind @$$ dont believe they would do such a thing. That will be your little secret.

  21. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Webster…make it about me if that makes you feel better. Saying “Cops lie on minorities all the time” is not true, and is a way to end the conversation, not start it. Like many NFL players, your anger seems misguided. The police, and our national institutions, from law enforcement to military to justice…are not what are so broken as much as are the the bad apples that fall through the cracks. Ideally they get weeded out. But instead on focusing on the outlyers, people like Mike Evans (and you perhaps) ignorantly take it out on the things that are the fabric of what make the country great…not what they should be upset at. Stop being lazy azzes and protesting in the wrong place to the wrong folks…go to where the issues are.

  22. Buc believer Says:

    @Pickgrin… yeah and they would have ended up like Reginald Denny you remember the guy dragged from his truck during the LA riots and beaten and kicked and hit over the head with a brick and all he did was be at the wrong place at the wrong time. Or be like all the other officers who are ambushed by races of ALL kinds. Sorry I give the benefit of the doubt to the police who risk their lives to keep me safe. Not to the ghetto gang bangers who play rap music so loud the police are called and would bash your head inbor shoot you without even thinking twice.

  23. rrsrq Says:

    How many times do we see police disarm people with weapons, but that doesn’t seem to happen when you are of color. Mike did step up and help how he could, but that doesn’t take a way from the right to protest.

  24. ATLBuc Says:

    So, is playing loud music a reason to get shot? This is called racial profiling when police, see a certain action, like playing loud music, and associates him with other people of his color, like those that dragged that poor man out of that truck.
    Can’t you see? This is why they kneel.

  25. SB Says:

    Great Job Mike!
    As to the politics of the situation involving the Family it is completely sad.
    From what I have read if the guy never brandished the gun then the cops had Zero excuse. A man is on his Own property with a gun in his back pocket and closes the door (as is his right) then the cops had NO reason to feel threatened. And they had even Less than zero right to shoot blindly. That is what we used to call it in the military when you shot through a door or wall trying to kill the enemy.
    To me today’s cops are NOT well enough trained. As a man that has had thousands of bullets shot his way I have less fear than cops do. I think most of these stupid ending of lives are because of a lack of proper training. Sad for sure

  26. Dlavid Says:

    Mike , continue to be a stand up guy ! ( this includes when the national anthem is played ) then maybe you will get the respect you so desperately crave !

  27. webster Says:

    Roy t

    You are full of it. Cops lie on minorities all the time and jack wagons like you defend this mess every time. Cops use excessive force against minorities all the time. Even when you have video evidence, people like you defend the cops. Im willing to bet you did not even bother to google the names i told you to. Yes it is about you because its people like you that bury their heads in the sand because you do not want to admit it is a real problem out there with a corrupt criminal justice system against minorities. Yes, you are why these players kneel.

  28. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Good for Mike. He puts his money where his mouth is. I don’t really care about the kneeling because this is a civil way to point out some issues we have in this country. I know the majority of those that have the biggest problem with these protests support a certain someone who bashes war heroes, families of fallen veterans, and veterans throughout the FBI and CIA who have served our country. They have no problem with that but when a black man goes down on one knee they suddenly become super patriots. It probably isn’t the perfect way to protest but it does help point out some issues we have here.

  29. Destinjohnny Says:

    13 way to step up!
    Way to be a good Shepard

  30. Buccfan37 Says:

    I like to play the music loud also. I better turn it down so I don’t get shot by the police when I don’t hear them knocking at the door.

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Good job son.

    And hat-tip … 2 your mom’s.
    4 doing a great job, of raising you.

    Go Bucs!

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:


    Well said sir

  33. Gman Says:

    He gave $1000 per YAC

  34. Micheal Andrew Trowell II Says:

    @Roy T. Buford: Why didn’t they shoot any of the non-melanated people they knew had guns cause they had just shot up dozens of children at a school, or the non-melanated people that shot up all the melanated people at the church??? Instead he gets a free ride to burger king on his way to get his slap on the wrist… Pathetic… If yall hate us so much, why the h3ll yall bring us here is my question???

  35. KyBucsFan Says:

    @Roy T. Buford: Have you not heard the report of the police chief that told his officers to shoot at black criminals rather that damage his cars by using the PIT maneuver or do you just not want to acknowledge that this type of thing is going on!?!