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Bucs’ Mike Evans fires back at Trump after anthem protest tweet

Bucs receiver Mike Evans fired back at President Donald Trump on Saturday, responding to another tweet from the White House criticizing NFL players who want to protest during the national anthem.

Trump's latest tweet came after Thursday's joint announcement by the NFL and NFLPA that they had reached a standstill agreement, saying no new rules would be issued or enforced relating to protests during the anthem for "the next several weeks."

On Friday night, Trump went after the NFL and its players, saying the "$40,000,000 Commissioner" Roger Goodell "must now take a stand."

"First time kneeling, out for game," Trump wrote. "Second time kneeling, out for season/no pay!"

Evans, who has voiced his disapproval of Trump before, answered with a tweet on Saturday morning: "You that mad the USFL didn't work out?"

The tweet had more than 1,000 retweets and nearly 5,000 likes in the first six hours, the most vocal response of any Bucs player to the president's tweet.

Evans' first national anthem protest in November 2016 was an expression of his disappointment that Trump was elected president.

"I'm not going to stand for something I don't believe in," Evans said after that protest. "I'm not big on politics. I told myself, 'If this happens, then America's not right, right now.' I said this a long time ago. When (Trump) ran, I thought it was a joke. And the joke continues. I'm not a political person that much, but I've got common sense. I know when something's not right."

Evans also protested with teammate DeSean Jackson during the Bucs' Week 3 game at Minnesota last season, in the first game after Trump called NFL players who protested "sons of b—–." That was the team's only protest during a national anthem last season.

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