Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mike Evans apparently deleted Instagram post saying he didn’t vote in election

November 14, 2016 GMT

Buccaneers wideout Mike Evans chose not to stand for the national anthem Sunday as a form of protest against President-elect Donald Trump, but it appears Evans also chose not to vote in the election, according to a now-deleted Instagram comment from Evans’ official account.

Evans explained following the team’s 36-10 drubbing over Chicago his stance on the results of the presidential election. However, Evans made clear his protest was different from that of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, though it also wasn’t meant to disrespect the men and women of the armed forces.

“I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in,” Evans said via the Tampa Bay Times. “I’m not big on politics. I told myself ‘If this happens, then America’s not right right now.’ I said this a long time ago. When he ran, I thought it was a joke. And the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I’ve got common sense. I know when something’s not right.”


Buccaneers teammate Louis Murphy posted an image on Instagram on Tuesday, while final results were being tallied, asking his followers who voted in the election. Per the Times, a screenshot appears to show a comment from Evans’ account of 277,000 people that he did not vote.

Evans apparently replied, “No”.

A look at Murphy’s post on Monday does not show Evans’ comment. Furthermore, per the Times, Evans is a registered voter in Galveston, Texas, with an active registration and no party affiliation.

Evans’ eight receiving touchdowns is tied with Green Bay’s Jordy Nelson for the league lead. He finished Sunday with four catches for 66 yards.

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