Devin White thinks Mike Evans’ suspension is ‘very unnecessary’

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The NFL handed down a one-game suspension to Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans "for violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules" during this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.

Evans got into it with Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore, coming from near the sidelines to push him down as he was jawing with Tom Brady.

Bucs linebacker Devin White joined Audacy’s “The Crew NYC” podcast and defended his teammate, calling the suspension “very unnecessary.”

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“One thing about Mike Evans is he’s going to defend his brothers. That’s the guy you want to go to war with. He’s gonna always have your back and I respect a guy like that,” White said (9:35 in player above). “You can’t even be mad at him for having his quarterback’s back. The way he handled it, maybe he could’ve handled it better, who knows. Who knows how he was feeling. Who knows where his emotions were at the time. He felt like he did what was best for him. As a teammate, I gotta support my guy.”

Evans got in between Brady and Lattimore and pushed the Saints cornerback to the ground, escalating the situation.

“The Crew NYC” host Josina Anderson mentioned the Aaron Donald situation during training camp in regards to Evans’ suspension. Donald was seen swinging two helmets at Bengals players during a joint practice, but the NFL does not get involved with discipline when things happen in practice – even between two teams.

White sees the two situations very similarly.

“I feel like it’s all in that same nature. If you’re going to protect them at practice, protect them in the game. If you’re going to protect them in the game, protect them in practice. Especially when you know they’re going against other ballclubs, not even their own people,” he said.

“So as far as Mike Evans, he didn’t throw a punch. He shoved him pretty hard but at the end of the day, I think suspending him is unnecessary, but who am I? I can’t overturn nothing. But I think it was very unnecessary, he didn’t get into a fist fight brawl or whatever,” White said. “I push guys on the field all the time, after plays, during plays, pushing them out of bounds, trying to tackle them. So if that’s the case, I don’t think it’s fair. At the end of the day, I would’ve said just fine him because you know the NFL wants the money anyway, so fine him and let him play.

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