Mike Evans Apologizes, Ends National Anthem Protest

David Hookstead | Contributor

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is officially ending his national anthem protest against the election of Donald Trump.

Evans refused to stand during the national anthem against the Chicago Bears on Sunday because he was upset with Trump beating Hillary Clinton. (RELATED: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Receiver Turns National Anthem Protest Into Trump Protest)

Less than 72 hours later, Evans sent ESPN reporter Josina Anderson a statement Tuesday apologizing for his actions. (SLIDESHOW: 12 Times Sports Pundit Kristine Leahy Looked Absolutely Stunning)

The entire statement reads:

I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended by my actions on Sunday. It was never my intention as I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country.

I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans.

With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities.

This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started a wave of protests around the NFL during the preseason when he refused to stand for the national anthem. It’s unclear when he plans on standing again during the anthem.

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