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Jack Latvala still upset about NFL players sitting during national anthem

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Two weeks ago, Republican Jack Latvala posted a statement on his Facebook page blasting Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Mike Evans for choosing to sit on the bench during the playing of the national anthem. A day later, after being barraged with a firestorm of criticism, Evans said he would no longer do so. Now, the Clearwater state Senator is calling on the public to sign a petition informing the National Football League that they proudly stand for the anthem. “If NFL players are…

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Mitch Perry Report for 11.16.16 – Who will be our next Secretary of State?

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Now that the shock is starting to wear off over Donald Trump’s stunning upset in the presidential election a week ago, the biggest story in national politics is what he intends to do with his enormous power and who will help him do it. That means the selection of cabinet officers, with the most high-profile position being that of secretary of state. George W. Bush picked Colin Powell immediately after winning the recount election in late 2000; Barack Obama picked…

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Jack Latvala message heard: Bucs Mike Evans to resume standing for anthem

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After igniting a firestorm of criticism for his decision to sit down during the playing of the national anthem Sunday to protest Donald Trump’s election, Tampa Bay Buccaneer wide receiver Mike Evans said on Tuesday that going forward he will focus on “more effective ways to communicate my message,” and will stand with his teammates once again this coming Sunday. In a statement, the Bucs receiver began by apologizing to all members of the military, their families, and the fans who he offended, saying that was…

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Jack Latvala blasts Buccaneers player Mike Evans for protesting during national anthem

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans‘ decision to sit during the national anthem before Sunday’s game to protest Donald Trump’s election as president is provoking strong reaction, including fierce criticism from Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala. “I support the First Amendment and everyone’s right to protest,” Latvala wrote on his Facebook page. “But to disrespect our flag and national anthem especially on the day of the team’s salute to veterans is completely uncalled for.” Evans told reporters after the Bucs 36-10 victory over the Chicago…

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Buccaneers may have rediscovered running game with Jacquizz Rodgers

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have found a complementary running back for Doug Martin once their No. 1 back returns from a hamstring injury. Jacquizz Rodgers finished with a career-best 101 rushing yards on 30 carries — 32 yards and 17 carries more than he had in the Buccaneers’ previous three games combined — as Tampa Bay defeated the Carolina Panthers 17-14 on Monday night. The Bucs (2-3), who came into the game ranked 28th in the league in rushing,…

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Will the Bucs’ Mike Evans match up against Aqib Talib?

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Sunday’s anticipated matchup between the old (Aqib Talib) and the new (Mike Evans) might not happen, says Tampa Bay Bucs coach Dirk Koetter. The Denver Broncos may prefer Chris Harris to cover Evans. “We’ve talked about the matchup with Talib,” Koetter said. “But Harris is a really good corner too. They’ve both been to the Pro Bowl the last couple of years, and I’m not sure if Denver’s going to match [Evans with Talib]. Usually, Denver just plays sides, so…

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Bucs Jameis Winston, Mike Evans are showing better chemistry so far

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The chemistry has begun. So far, the Tampa Bay Bucs like what they see from Jameis Winston and wide receiver Mike Evans. The two connected five times for 99 yards and a touchdown Sunday afternoon in a 31-24 victory over Atlanta. For Evans, much of the battle has been to control his emotions on the field. “Mike has really worked hard on that, all through training camp,” said coach Dirk Koetter. “Even the ball early in the game that Jameis…

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