TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans says he regrets an incident at a South Florida night club in March that resulted in an apparent confrontation with security there.
Friday, a video surfaced on TMZ.com that showed Evans scuffling with security at Dream Nightclub in Miami Beach. Punches were thrown in the street after shouts were exchanged between Evans’ entourage and security. No arrests were made, though.
A night before Evans and the Bucs were set to face the Buffalo Bills in their third preseason game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the seventh overall pick out of Texas A&M addressed the issue in a statement released through the team.
"The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami," Evans said in the statement. "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."
Bucs coach Lovie Smith considers the matter over.
"During his time here since we drafted him in May, Mike has met all of our expectations both on and off the football field," Smith said in the statement. "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."
Evans is projected to be the Bucs’ No. 2 wide receiver this season behind Vincent Jackson.