BY: John Mamola
Friday afternoon TMZ released a video of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans involved in a brawl outside a Miami nightclub. While the original story from the one who took the video was that the clip was from this past Saturday night, it was later admitted by Evans' representative and Evans himself that the incident took place in March.
Agent for Bucs WR Mike Evans, Deryk Gilmore, says TMZ video showing rookie in fight outside club is from March, not this past weekend.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) August 22, 2014
Mike Evans and Lovie Smith both released statements on the video via Buccaneers.com
“The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami. The issue occurred at the end of the night when someone in my party was approached by a member of the security staff. The situation escalated very quickly from there, but fortunately no one was injured. I regret that this incident that happened nearly six months ago has become a distraction to my team and I look forward to continuing to prepare for the start of my rookie season with the Buccaneers.”
“During his time here since we drafted him in May, Mike has met all of our expectations both on and off the football field. After speaking with Mike, our feelings about him remain unchanged. We expect him to be an important member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for many years to come and we consider this matter closed.”