Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter spent a good deal of time talking about wide receiver Mike Evans’ sideline actions rather than the game on Monday.
Evans, who is rumored to not have even voted, sat during the National Anthem in protest of the election of Donald Trump to the U.S. Presidency.
Koetter came armed with a copy of the statement the team put out regarding 49er’s QB Colin Kapernick’s original anthem protest that has since spread to other NFL players.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed for that,” Koetter said of Evans’ protest. “I also respect Mike’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
“I’m not going to speak for Mike in any form at all,” he said. “I’m not going to get into any advice I’d have for Mike. As far as me talking to the fans, I think the organization put out a great statement. We really want the fans to come out. I’m dying to get the fans out there and fill Ray-Jay [Raymond James Stadium] up. We’ve got to play better football, and the better football we play, the more they’ll come. I think we took a good step in that direction yesterday. That’s my statement on that.”