A brief history of the beef between Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore

The brawl between New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans is nothing new — here’s their story.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints were stuck in a 3-3 contest. The Buccaneers’ offense faltered as they struggled to bring that NFC South rivalry back to life. Tom Brady was so frustrated that he smashed a Bill Belichick-style tablet.

Then, as NFL Films would put it, the game experienced an undeniable turning point: when Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore met, an all-out brawl ensued.

Both Evans and Lattimore were disqualified from the game and Evans was so upset that he followed a camera into the dressing room. Saints fans cheered Lattimore as he walked into the locker room at Caesars Superdome, but the “WHO DAT” chants died down as old Jameis Winston emerged and the Buccaneers made the most of three turnovers.

The final score of the game was 20-10, but it doesn’t seem like the score is settled between Evans and Lattimore – and it won’t be. Here began one of the division’s worst rivalries between a star wideout and a defensive back.

What happened between Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans

As detailed below, there is a longstanding rivalry not only between the Bucs and Saints, but also between Lattimore and Evans individually.

Lattimore began reacting openly with the Bucs touchline when Bruce Arians and other Bucs coaches yelled back and waved him away, and a referee came over to interfere.

Then, at 12:49 p.m. in the fourth quarter, Brady and Lattimore exchanged words. Bucs running back Leonard Fournette interfered and pushed against Lattimore. Lattimore pushes back, Fournette pushed his face mask.

Eventually, Evans approached Lattimore and slammed into him, sending him to the ground. That’s when things Yes, really to get out of control.

Here are one a few more angles of combatas well as a continuation of the on-field brawl involving players from both teams.

This resulted in Evans and Lattimore being disqualified for the remainder of the game, but whatever: The Bucs rallied while the Saints remained at a loss.

The Saints’ defense, which held the Bucs all game, collapsed, and Brady faced Breshad Perriman in the end zone for his first touchdown of the day. A minute into the brawl, Winston threw his first of three interceptions and the tight game fell apart for the Saint.

A beef story between Marshon Lattimore and Mike Evans

Oddly enough, what happened between Evans and Lattimore is almost an exact repeat of what happened between the two six years ago.

In 2017, Lattimore was a rookie with the Saints and Evans was playing in his fourth NFL season with the Buccaneers.

Like many of the NFL’s most talented defensemen, Lattimore has a reputation for talking trash during games. At one point, this seemed to annoy Jameis Winston, who was the Bucs quarterback at the time.

Winston provoked Lattimore by pointing and touching his helmet, to which Lattimore responded by punching Winston in the chest. Out of nowhere, Evans crashes into the frame, knocking Lattimore down.

Twice Evans smacked Lattimore for fighting with his quarterback: first Winston, now Brady.

Evans may seem altruistic when defending his quarterbacks, but the truth is that Marshon Lattimore contributes to the animosity between the two by making life incredibly difficult for Mike Evans when they go head-to-head.

It’s been six years since the two faced each other and as Todd Bowles said earlier this week, the Saints were so much more dominant than the Bucs that their rivalry faded.

Add to that the fact that Lattimore likes to broadcast his success, and it’s bound to get under Evans’ skin.

Also in the third quarter of this game at 11:44 Lattimore broke a rainbow pass addressed to Evans. Lattimore celebrated while Evans appeared and trotted off without looking his way.

Funnily enough, Evans wanted to apologize to Lattimore after the 2017 incident. At the time, Evans described his 2017 fight with Lattimore as a “Bulls move” on his part and that it was carried out “in the heat of the moment,” according to ESPNs Jenna Laine.

“He’s a great player who’s had a fantastic season. The ball just finds it, a physical corner, a really good player,” Evans said. “It will be fun to play him again.”

Evans doesn’t have that say in 2022.

“This time I was just trying to stand behind my teammate,” Evans told reporters after the Sept. 18 game. “All I saw was him punching someone in the face like I wouldn’t let that happen.”

“We know it’s going to be hot when we get to New Orleans,” he continued.

For fans of this tight matchup, it doesn’t seem like it’s going to end anytime soon – and neither player has any regrets this time.

https://fansided.com/2022/09/18/marshon-lattimore-mike-evans-history/ A brief history of the beef between Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore

John Verrall

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