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Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans’ appeal of one-game suspension will be heard Tuesday

The appeal of Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans will be heard TODAY after he received a one-game suspension from the NFL for shoving Saints’ Marshon Lattimore while defending teammate Tom Brady.

  • Tampa Bay wide receiver Mike Evans was given a one-game suspension on Monday
  • Evans was involved in a brawl on the field with Marshon Lattimore of New Orleans
  • Since has appealed the ban, which is said to be heard on Tuesday

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Mike Evans’ appeal against his one-game suspension from the NFL will be heard on Tuesday.

The Buccaneers wide receiver was banned from the league on Monday for his role in an on-field brawl during Sunday’s 20-10 win over rival Saints in New Orleans.

His appeal will now be heard on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter. The NFL and NFLPA jointly appointed James Thrash to oversee the appeal.

Mike Evans' appeal against his one-game suspension from the NFL will be heard on Tuesday

Mike Evans’ appeal against his one-game suspension from the NFL will be heard on Tuesday

The incident occurred after a third-down incompletion, when Saints defending defenseman Marshon Lattimore (far right) began chewing on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (second from right)

The incident occurred after a third-down incompletion, when Saints defending defenseman Marshon Lattimore (far right) began chewing on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (second from right)

The incident occurred after a third-down incompletion, when Saints defending defenseman Marshon Lattimore (far right) began chewing on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady (second from right)

Evans (second from right) forcibly intervened after Lattimore and his quarterback clashed

Evans (second from right) forcibly intervened after Lattimore and his quarterback clashed

Evans (second from right) forcibly intervened after Lattimore and his quarterback clashed

The incident occurred after a third-down incompetence, when Saints defending defenseman Marshon Lattimore started chewing on Bucs quarterback Tom Brady.

Officially, Evans is violating Rule 12, Section 2, Rule 8(g), which prohibits “unnecessarily running, diving into, cutting or throwing the body at or at a player who is out of play or who should not reasonably have foreseen such contact by an opponent, before or after the ball is dead.’

He also violated Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1, which prohibits any act “contrary to generally accepted principles of sportsmanship.”

In a letter to Evans, NFL Vice President of Football Operations, Jon Runyan wrote, “After a play was over, you walked to your sidelines. When you noticed your teammates confronting the Saints players, you ran to that area on the field and forcibly threw your body into it and hit an unsuspecting opponent who was part of that confrontation.

The confrontation led to the benches running onto the pitch, resulting in a pushing match

The confrontation led to the benches running onto the pitch, resulting in a pushing match

The confrontation led to the benches running onto the pitch, resulting in a pushing match

Marcus Maye (right) and Evans (almost right) got caught up in Lattimore and others in the fight

Marcus Maye (right) and Evans (almost right) got caught up in Lattimore and others in the fight

Marcus Maye (right) and Evans (almost right) got caught up in Lattimore and others in the fight

“You knocked your opponent to the ground and it created a melee involving players from both teams,” continued Runyan, a former NFL offensive lineman. “Your aggressive behavior could have seriously injured your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high sportsmanship standards expected of a professional.”

If Evans’ appeal is unsuccessful, he will only be eligible to return to the active roster after the team’s September 25 game against Green Bay.

Tampa Bay ran back Leonard Fournette got into a pushing match with Lattimore before Evans joined the fight, strengthening the veteran defensive backbone and coming into contact with a few other Saints players.

After the incident in the dressing room, Evans seemed to suggest that things should stay on the pitch and that neither he nor his foe Lattimore should be given more penalties.

Mike Evans told reporters afterwards that he should not be banned for hitting Lattimore

Mike Evans told reporters afterwards that he should not be banned for hitting Lattimore

Mike Evans told reporters afterwards that he should not be banned for hitting Lattimore

“It gets tough when you come to New Orleans,” Evans told the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s a good team, a physical team.

‘All I see is Lattimore hitting Lee’ [Fournette] in the face or something and then pushed Tom.

‘That’s all I saw. I just pushed it.’

Evans has a history with Lattimore, having previously received a one-match suspension for a goal in 2017.

“In 2017 I wasn’t even kicked out, and that was a really cheap opportunity,” Evans said. “It wasn’t this. He punched my teammate in the face and I just pushed him to the ground.”

“It gets tough when you come to New Orleans,” Evans told the… Tampa Bay Times. “It’s a good team, a physical team.

‘All I see is Lattimore hitting Lee’ [Fournette] in the face or something and then pushed Tom.

‘That’s all I saw. I just pushed it.’

A clip of Evans went viral on social media after the deletion, with the wide receiver filmed clearly yelling at a coach, ‘That’s Tom Brady! What do you want me to do?’