Tampa Bay Buccaneers star wide receiver Mike Evans will not be active for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers after the NFL decided to uphold his one-game suspension for his role in a fight with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, his agent said.
Evans’ appeal of the one-game suspension without pay was heard Tuesday before appeals officer and NFL wide receiver James Thrash, who was jointly appointed by the league and the NFLPA. “We are disappointed that the league upheld a suspension when there are several arguments of players doing more egregious violations including: punching, kicking, and choking players and not being suspended,” Evans’ agent Deryk Gilmore said in a statement, via ESPN.
“In addition, Evans had already been ejected, which is penalty enough, but the league chose to discipline him even more. This is unfortunate, but we will respect the league’s decision.”
The confrontation during Sunday’s game originally involved quarterback Tom Brady, running back Leonard Fournette and Lattimore, but the NFL said in its initial ruling that Evans became involved after the fact.