Bucs’ Mike Evans breaks silence during battle with Saints’ Marshon Lattimore: ‘He was just too emotional’

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans spoke out about the fight with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore that led to the ejection of both players on Sunday afternoon.

Evans pushed Lattimore on the ground after the defending defender began chewing back and forth with Bucs players Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette. Both Evans and Lattimore, who have a history with each other, were kicked out of the competition. Tampa Bay would win the game 21-10.

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Marcus Maye (6) of the New Orleans Saints confronts Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.
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The star-wide receiver was asked about the incident after the game.

“It gets tough when you come to New Orleans,” Evans said. “And they’re a good team, physical team. We matched that today. … I know we tried to get a flag or whatever, and then it wasn’t mentioned. All I see is Lattimore punch ( Fournette) in the face or something and then pushed Tom. That’s all I saw.”

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Evans said he wasn’t worried about getting a suspension like he did in 2017 when he and Lattimore had a separate incident. Evans was banned for one game at the time.

Officials break up a brawl between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.

Officials break up a brawl between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.
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Evans added that he found Lattimore “too emotional”.

“Super competitive. Today he was just too emotional,” he said told ESPN. “You don’t throw punches at guys on the field. He punched Lenny, and I can’t let that happen to my teammates. So I pushed him… turned into a brawl.”

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Mike Evans (13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feuds with Marcus Maye of the New Orleans Saints (not pictured) during the second half at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.

Mike Evans (13) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers feuds with Marcus Maye of the New Orleans Saints (not pictured) during the second half at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on September 18, 2022.
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Evans led the way with three catches for 61 yards. Breshad Perriman had three catches for 45 yards and the go-ahead touchdown catch of Brady.





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