The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have released a pair of statements in response to the release of a video of Mike Evans getting in a fight at a night club. They confirm that the incident occurred in March, two months before he was drafted, and that the incident doesn't affect his standing with the team in any way.
Statement by Mike Evans:
"The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami. The issue occurred at the end of the night when someone in my party was approached by a member of the security staff. The situation escalated very quickly from there, but fortunately no one was injured. I regret that this incident that happened nearly six months ago has become a distraction to my team and I look forward to continuing to prepare for the start of my rookie season with the Buccaneers."
Statement by Lovie Smith:
"During his time here since we drafted him in May, Mike has met all of our expectations both on and off the football field. After speaking with Mike, our feelings about him remain unchanged. We expect him to be an important member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for many years to come and we consider this matter closed."