NFL issues statement on postgame video involving officials, WR Mike Evans
The NFL has weighed on a video involving a pair of league officials and Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans.
Following Sunday’s game, officials Jeff Lamberth and Tripp Sutter were seen in a video approaching Evans with a piece of paper. The NFL was quick to investigate the incident due to the appearance of the officials asking for an autograph from Evans.
According to NFL insider Tom Pelissero, the league has issued a statement on the incident, and both officials were cleared. According to the statement, the officials were in fact not asking for an autograph during the incident in question.
“After speaking with the individuals involved, we have confirmed that the postgame interaction between Jeff Lamberth, Tripp Sutter and Mike Evans did not involve a request by the game officials for an autograph,” the NFL’s statement read.
“Both Lamberth and Sutter have been reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety when interacting with players, coaches, and club staff on gameday – including during the pregame and postgame time periods.”
Statement from the NFL saying it has spoken with the officials involved in the postgame interaction with Mike Evans and confirmed they were not, in fact, asking for an autograph. https://t.co/UQGJMFvhqp pic.twitter.com/DJZ24up1wL
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 25, 2022