The anthem protest trend in the NFL has known no better friend than ESPN. The reflexively liberal, Bristol-based sports giant has ferociously defended Colin Kaepernick and his copycats at nearly every turn. That romantic media/protest love story took a turn on Sunday night.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans sat in protest of the national anthem on Sunday prior to the Bucs game against the Bears. He cited the election of Donald Trump as the reason for his protest. Sage Steel, who hosts the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday editions of “NBA Countdown” on ESPN took to Twitter to remind Evans of the people he’s really hurting when he disrespects the anthem.
— Sage Steele (@sagesteele) November 14, 2016
According to USA Today, “Steele’s father served in the Army and was the first African-American to play on Army’s football team in 1966. She was in Arlington on Friday interviewing her father in commemoration of Veterans Day.”
Mike Evans vows to continue his protest for the duration of the Trump presidency.
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