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Mike Evans sits out national anthem for political reasons (0:29)

Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans explains his decision to sit out the national anthem because of Donald Trump, saying “I’m not a political person, but I know when something isn’t right.” (0:29)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans sat during the national anthem before Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears, but his reasons for not participating weren’t the same reasons as San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

It was because Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States this week.

“I’m not big on politics or anything like that, but I told myself, ‘If this happens, America is not right right now,'” Evans said on Trump being elected. “I said this a long time ago — when he ran, I thought it was a joke. The joke continues.”

“”I’m not big on politics or anything like that, but I told myself, ‘If this happens, America is not right right now.’ I said this a long time ago — when he [Donald Trump] ran, I thought it was a joke. The joke continues.””

Evans respects Kaepernick’s position but emphasized that his protest wasn’t about the treatment of racial minorities in the United States.

“I know Kaepernick did that,” Evans said. “I’m doing it for a different reason, for how a reality star can be the president. That’s not a good look … I’m not a political person but I have common sense and I know something is not right.”

Evans did not ask his teammates for support. He did hear some boos, which he expected, but his protest, for the most part, was relatively quiet. In fact, many people didn’t notice. It was, however, the Bucs’ annual “Salute to Service” game, a game that honors members of the armed forces.

“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said. “The men and women that served this country — I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not gonna stand for that.”

He said that as long as Trump is the president elect, he’ll refuse to stand, saying, “When [actor] Ashton Kutcher comes out and says, ‘We’ve been “Punk’d,”‘ I’ll stand again, but I won’t stand anymore.”

He added, “It’s not about the Republican party or the Democratic party or anything like that. It’s just who he is. It’s well-documented what he’s done. I’m not gonna stand for something I don’t believe in. That’s the end of that.”

When pressed for specifics as to why he does not support Trump, Evans declined to discuss it further.

Bucs wide receiver Cecil Shorts III didn’t see it, but he supports Evans.

“I respect his decision. [It] takes a lot to make that move. And I support him fully,” said Shorts, who signed with the team in September. “That’s my teammate, my new brother. I got his back.”