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Mike Evans regrets March nightclub fight; Bucs' Smith says matter closed

Eric Edholm
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Mike Evans catches the football during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers first-round pick Mike Evans catches the football during an NFL football training camp Monday, July 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

TMZ had revealed that Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie wide receiver Mike Evans was in the middle of a violent outbreak at a Miami nightclub back in March, prior to the Bucs drafted him. 

Now Evans and the Buccaneers have issued statements about the incident. Evans apologized for the incident and head ocach Lovie Smith said the Bucs are ready to move on, convinced that Evans has good character.

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Evans said:

“The incident in question happened during spring break in March while I was vacationing with friends in Miami. 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.”

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith:

“During his time here since we drafted him in May, Mike has met all of our expectations both on and off the football field. 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.”

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