Mike Evans Suspension Is Upheld: Todd Bowles And Byron Leftwich Weigh In

September 21st, 2022

The Mike Evans one-game suspension for cheap-shotting mouthy Marshon Lattimore was upheld today.

No surprise. So how can Evans avoid being suspended in the future?

Todd Bowles had a clear take on that yesterday on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

“You either break it up or you grab the other guy and pull him out of the way, or you pull your own teammate out of the way,” Bowles said of what Evans could have/should have done.

“We can’t afford to lose players. That’s not going to help us the next week, especially every good players.”

Offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich had his say on the broadcast.

“Obviously Mike knows he’s way too important for us to lose him,” Leftwich said. “And he understands that. We talked about that. He understands that. If we lose Mike and somebody else loses their guy, it’s advantage them because Mike’s that important to us.”

Leftwich went on to explain that Evans opens up a ton for the offense just by being on the field, even when he’s not targeted. So his absence is tremendous.

Don’t do it again, Mike!

56 Responses to “Mike Evans Suspension Is Upheld: Todd Bowles And Byron Leftwich Weigh In”

  1. MonkeyMan Says:

    Well worth the win. Could care less.

    Gives him time to rest his calf too.

    Anything is worth beating the Taints

  2. #8 Says:

    This event galvanized the team. Us vs. them mentality.
    Well done Mike. Eff everyone else.
    Bucs still win. db12 & his Karen haircut cry.

  3. ElioT Says:

    Let’s go defense!

  4. robert Says:

    well done ME.

    It did bring the team together.

  5. Bucsfaninva Says:

    I am not a conspiracy theorist (normally), but watching the game (and the last few against the taints…), I really am wondering why the ref’s were so one sided, and almost never call PI, holding or taunting, if it’s done with NO, and specifically with Latimore. That’s what ultimately led to the whole thing…sure – accountability for Evans, but not Latimore nor the Ref’s? Astoundingly…absurd. And that’s the nicest thing I can say about it. I’m tired of it.

  6. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Who else is playing? Any chance julio plays? This defense better step up again. Big game when it comes to tiebreakers later on in the season. Looking at the packers schedule and it looks very weak.

  7. Buc1987 Says:

    How’s Julio doing?

  8. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Time for Some 1999 Bucball this Sunday.

  9. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I will echo what many have said. The NFL not and we all repeat, the NFL not having full time officiating crews is absurd. Also, I still feel like Runyan has a conflict of interest and it was unethical to the max for him to levy that convenient suspension. On those 2 issues I give the NFL two thumbs down and a grade of F-.

  10. Ash Says:

    Sucks we lost Mike for a game but at the same time Im glad he did it he let the aints know the bucs are not a team to be trifled with and they won’t be taking their bullsp*t.

  11. Buc4evr Says:

    Bucs against the World. Time to take names and kick ass.

  12. Dooley Says:

    On the bright side, Mike can rest those legs and formulate his personal path to come back to be as dangerous as possible. Week 11 bye is looking more and more attractive as time goes by

  13. DungyDance Says:

    Looking for a silver lining for Mike – since he restructured his contract last year with an upfront bonus and less regular salary, his game check that he will miss this Sunday should be that much less harsh.

  14. CrackWise Says:

    I cant go there on the conflict of interest being a thing. The rules are cut and dry with this sort of thing.

    As far as the game. There is A TON of speculation that Gambling has resulted in how the games are MANAGED from the ENTERTAINMENT side of the COIN.

    I will not claim that they are RIGGED like some. HOWEVER, it is ABSOLUTELY clear that the officials are heavily INFLUINCING these games now a days more so than ever.

    Speculate as to the whys and what fors but the WiseGuys are ALWAYS around the money.

    That said, this GAME is still the BEST ONE the planet and I will enjoy it until I can’t. Which is why that CowGIRL ticked me off so much with his cry baby act.

  15. DungyDance Says:

    Crackwise – your caps lock sticky?

  16. Ultra ClodHopper Says:

    With the price on this specific situation. It needed to be done and will probably need to be done again lol

  17. Kalind Says:

    Mike should take this to federal court. How can Runyan Sn. Be considered impartial!? This is incredible. If I’m Joel Glazer I just tell Evans to play anyway. EABOD.

  18. Don Eladio Says:

    Mike evans is a pillar in the community, a great man, a giving man, a family man. Lattimore is pure scum. And I’m not at all mad that a good guy wanted to beat the dog shi out of a bad guy

  19. MadMax Says:

    Derrick Brooks is one of the disciplinary officers reviewing this! I just found that out. So I wonder what he has to say now!

    Let us know Mr. Brooks! And why nothing against the slimy saints!?

  20. #8 Says:

    Eating a bag of dates does keep one regular!

  21. Bucsfanman Says:

    I don’t like it either but…Mike could’ve chosen a better route, it’s the rule.

    Now, for the rematch, to quote the greatest LB to don a Bucs uniform #55, “Knock his chest off!”

  22. Rick Says:

    the elephant in the room is that his calf clearly isn’t right and anybody who has watched him over the years can see that. Of course we can’t say that but I would guess that behind the scenes we are finding the positive in this. I’d say the same for Gage. He’s been disappointing and clearly his hamstring isn’t right yet either.

  23. Redeemer Says:

    Refs always nab the guy that reacts, instead of the instigator. It’s been that way forever. Evans should’ve used his head. I like the fire, but if the bucs lose, Evans absence will be a big reason. Not sure Brady didn’t instigate the whole thing to fire up his team. It was a 3-3 game at that point, and the bucs offense looked putrid.

  24. Capece is Kaput Says:

    So Mike Evans gets a punishment that will be over in a week. Could possibly cost us a game against Ayahuasca Rodgers, but if he does not do what he did, do we win that game against the Saints? I’ll take beating the Saints over possibly losing to Green Bay.
    Latte is the one really getting punished. Every Opponent from now on gets to call him out on getting trucked by Mike.

  25. Pewter Warrior 813 Says:

    Lattimore threw punches at opposing players in consecutive weeks and faced ZERO punishment outside of being thrown out and a flag in Week 1.

    The NFL’s discipline needs an overhaul

  26. unbelievable Says:

    The NFL doesn’t even throw flags on Lattimore, even when committing blatant PI. So they’re certainly not going punish him, even though he threw punches against us, as well as in week 1.

    Oh and he also leveled an opposing player in week 1 long after the whistle was blown. But did he get a penalty? Nope. A fine? Nope. A suspension? Certainly not.

    Been telling ya’ll for decades, #TheNFLHatesTheBucs

    Always have, and apparently always will.

  27. Buczilla Says:

    No surprise that the crooked nfl is doing crooked things.

  28. Listnfrmafar Says:

    The BS part is the NFL is crying that Latimore was defenseless, yet if you rewatch it he clearly saw Evan’s coming and tossed him like a rag doll. For whatever reason the NFL always favors GB and Roger’s and wants them to win. The good news is Brady tends to play better after a good arse rheeming by the NFL. Having Julio and Godwin back would be key, throw in Gage & Beasely, tough core to keep off the board.

  29. CrackWise Says:


    GREAT QUESTION: Go watch the Ira and Brooks podcast to have your questions answered!!!

  30. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    You gotta love it…..Mike takes a 30 yard running start and shoves Lattimore right in the chest sending him to the ground…

    Now, the bad news…..it was against NFL rules……but WTF…..worth it if we still beat Packers.

  31. BucsNoles Says:

    Im not gonna say that Runyan made a bad call on the suspension, however, the NFL made a terrible, awful looking mistake by letting Jon Sr make the call when Jon Jr is playing in a very important game against us on Sunday. It just looks bad. They should have had another person make the call.

  32. Bucamania Says:

    Somehow Kamara is not being suspended for his assault but Mike gets a game for a push.

  33. Winny Testaverde Says:

    A consolation prize for FanBoy Florio…who’s no doubt extra pissy after Kirk Cousins laid another prime time deuce.

  34. orlbucfan Says:

    This is no surprise. The NFL has its degree of crooked and favoritism. If you can’t handle it, quit following it. I can guarantee that if Larrimore is still upright by the time the Aints play in Tampa, he will be targeted. And the suspension being brought by some yahoo whose son plays the Bucs on Sunday? Wowie. Bucs will get even by winning, and that includes Methusaleh12 pulling his head out of his mental arse over his wifey problems.

  35. Rod Munch Says:

    Totally worth it to knock Lattimore’s teeth out.

    If Mike doesn’t do that, the Bucs don’t win that game. Only after Mike did that did the refs actually take control the game and start calling BS they had let go on the entire game. For the morons in the national media who don’t watch games, but only highlights, the ‘bad’ call on the Saints after Evans did this wasn’t a ‘bad’ call you idiots – it was a makeup call for the horrendous non-call on Miller, not to mention the fake news PF calls against the Bucs earlier in the game, and the holding/PI’s that Lattimore was doing on literally every single play the entire game.

    As for the coaches, what they should have said is Mike is awesome, he got us that W, and now he can take a week off to heal his hamstring, great job Mike. That’s why they should have said.

    Also, anyone know if the Bucs get back any cap space from a player being suspended?

  36. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Rod, I don’t know about that being the reason the Bucs won, if anything it should of pissed off the Saints. Bucs are the better team that is why they won. They are the better team this weekend as well.

  37. captivajim Says:

    better to have beaten the slimys ,, now rest his calf ,, we’ll need him against KC. The Bears ran all over the packers –we should be able to do the same -or more …

  38. geno711 Says:

    Kalind Says:
    September 21st, 2022 at 12:52 pm
    “Mike should take this to federal court.”

    It’s an industry that has agreed to these disciplinary rules. There is no federal case to be heard.

  39. Pickgrin Says:

    I can accept Mike’s punishment – especially since he is a repeat offender.

    But it’s total BS that Lattimore – THE INSTIGATOR – is not also suspended for a game!

  40. Rod Munch Says:

    Listnfrmafar Says:
    September 21st, 2022 at 3:08 pm
    Rod, I don’t know about that being the reason the Bucs won, if anything it should of pissed off the Saints.


    The calls, which were 100% all going in favor of the Saints, suddenly changed, because literally the Bucs were in full revolt and the refs had lost control of the game. Mike going out there and doing that not only fired up the Bucs, it made the refs actually do their job, and it was such an insanely bad non-call, they had to do a makeup call because it was so obvious the refs had blown a huge call.

    Mike is absolutely why the team won. Before that it was a very dull 3-3 game, nothing was happening on either side, the Bucs, however, after that, were completely fired up and took control of the game. That’s all on Mike. He got us that W, and should get nothing but praise from Bucs fans.

  41. Brian Says:

    Yeah I don’t get it lattif*g hit Lenny under the chin strap before Mike blasted him!

  42. unbelievable Says:

    ^ totally agree – it changed the momentum of the game in favor of the Bucs.

    Oh, and Mike Evans going over to the stands and giving away his game gear while be escorted off the field was the :: chefs kiss ::

  43. Brian Says:

    I can’t comprehend the Ruyun thing! His kid plays for Green Bay! WOW fd up

  44. Lovely rose Says:

    Forgive Mike!!!!!!

  45. Star_Bucs Says:

    Need to take a page from the NHL playbook. Just need a few enforcers on the team to go after clowns like Lattimore when the refs fail to step up. With Jones and Godwin uncertainty, can’t afford to lose Evans.

  46. SKBucsFan Says:

    Or just have someone go out and take out Lattimore during the game

  47. ChiBuc Says:

    I nominate Rudolph to take out Laddi-whore. He’s being paid, might as well get something out of him

  48. gp Says:

    ****Oh, and Mike Evans going over to the stands and giving away his game gear while be escorted off the field was the :: chefs kiss ::*****

    Sign of a class act.

    Completely different from Lattimores actions on the way off the field.

  49. Aaron Says:

    Mike Evans is a cheap chowder he’s lucky he only got one game suspension getting old like Shady brady to

  50. MadMax Says:

    @ChiBuc, exactly! F that POS!

  51. MadMax Says:

    @Aarooooooonnnnn, Aaaaarooooooooon (remember the movie Friday, but i think it was Byron she was so annoyingly saying)

    Yeah, Evans would take you upside down inside out….go back to yo “WHO DAT” board you POS!

  52. AbucAway Says:

    WTH Joe’s. He didn’t ‘cheap shot’ anyone.

  53. Defense Rules Says:

    CrackWise … ‘the officials are heavily INFLUENCING these games now a days more so than ever’.

    I agree, but I don’t envy them their job in today’s NFL. Kinda like being a cop nowadays; everything you do & everything you say is recorded on camera, and so there’s always ‘someone’ second-guessing any decisions you make or actions you take.

    Not to mention that the rules have become infinitely more complex. And if you misinterpret something, there’s always someone (oversight in New York, coaches & of course fans) who’ll definitely let you know about it.

    Nope, I don’t envy them their jobs. I’m sure that there are instances where ‘personal biases’ against 1 team or another come into play, but I’m also sure that happens on very rare occasions. With every play so incredibly well documented, it’d be awfully easy nowadays to tell when that’s happening.

  54. Cassius55 Says:

    If you read any of the justification details from Runyon on the punishment decision – how was there no action against Aaron Donald on his helmet flailing tantrum a month ago. If in fact player safety is the true motivation for such punishment decisions, when LA failed to discipline Aron the farce of an NFL should’ve intervened as is always their option. But really, how does Lattimore come away clean? The replays show him taunting Brady while Brady was addressing the ref, only then did Brady turn his attentions to Lattimore. Then while Lattimore had his hands on Brady is when Lenny got involved followed by Evans. Networks claim Lattimore was also jawing with the Bucs sidelines as well. Is the NFL the new WWF in the “it’s real” department? Not sure if the poor officiating is aimed at the Bucs or Brady or both.

  55. Buddylove Says:

    I don’t know if this was mentioned yet but I remember Brady screaming at the ref’s for the lack of PI calls going on and Lattimore started running his mouth to the Bucs and that’s when it started. Brady or anyone else shouldn’t back down or take their crap, Saints have been getting away with crap since the ref’s blew that PI call against them a few years ago. I thought the ref’s were supposed to be policing players for taunting anyways? 1 way street I guess.

  56. Buddylove Says:

    Also love the chicken**** fans who give Evans the finger and say **** when they are protected, say it to the mans face.