Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans sat during the United States national anthem before a National Football League game on Sunday to protest the election of Donald Trump as the country’s next president.
Trump last week beat Hilary Clinton to become the 45th US president after a campaign in which some of his policies proved controversial.
“I’m not going to stand for something I don’t believe in,” said Evans, 23.
Earlier this season, dozens of players knelt during the anthem to protest against racial inequality. Evans made it clear that the sole reason for not standing is the outcome of the presidential election.
“I said this a long time ago,” Evans explained. “When [Trump] ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues. I’m not a political person that much, but I got common sense. And I know when something’s not right.”
That moment was started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who said he received death threats.
Wide receiver Evans sat on the bench alone while his team-mates stood as the Star Spangled Banner was played before Tampa Bay’s 36-10 win over Chicago Bears.
Evans said Trump’s election showed “America’s not right, right now”.
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