Tampa Bay buccanneers’, wide receiver, Mike Evans, has decided that he will no longer stand for the national anthem, at least not while Donald Trump is president.
“I am not going to stand for something I don’t believe in,” the NFL top ten wide receiver said.
Evans joins Colin Kaepernick who was the first NFL player who refused to stand for the anthem, although he said he is doing it for different reasons than Colin.
“I know Kaepernick did that,” he said. “I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That’s not a good look.”
“When he ran, I thought it was a joke and the joke continues,” Evans said after the game.
“I’m not a political person that much, but I’ve got common sense. And I know when something’s not right. When Ashton Kutcher comes out and says we’ve been Punk’d, then I’ll stand again. But I won’t stand anymore.”
Co-founded by Kutcher, Punk’d is an American TV series which features a series of practical jokes being played on people.
Donald Trump who beat Hillary Clinton for the presidency last week has labeled Mexican immigrants as “rapists”, “criminals” and “drug addicts” and suggested a nationwide ban on Muslims entering the United States.
Trump who was accused of rape by his former wife also received heavy criticism after a tape emerged in which he admitted to groping women.
“It’s well-documented what he’s done. I’m not gonna stand for something I don’t believe in. That’s the end of that,” Mike Evans added.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released the following statement in response to Mike Evans’ action:
The Buccaneers are 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.
We also recognize every individual’s constitutional right to freedom of speech, which is crucial to the American principles we cherish.