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Mike Evans suspended: Why NFL gave Bucs WR one-game ban for Marshon Lattimore fight


Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans said after his ejection from Sunday's Week 2 game against the Saints that he didn't expect to be suspended by the NFL.

His prognostication was wrong.

The NFL announced on Monday that Evans would be suspended one game without pay for his actions during the Buccaneers-Saints game.

What did Evans do, and why was that enough for the NFL to suspend him? Here's what to know about the NFL's decision to sideline Evans for a week.

The NFL suspended Evans because the veteran receiver committed "violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike

conduct rules" during the Saints vs. Buccaneers game. This occurred when he hit Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore to start a brawl between the two teams.

Evans was notified of the decision by the NFL's Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan.

The NFL official explained in a letter that Evans received a one-game ban because his conduct was "aggressive" and unprofessional.

Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury to your opponent and clearly does not reflect the high standard of sportsmanship expected of a professional.