Erin WalshSeptember 18, 2022
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Both Mike Evans and Marshon Lattimore were ejected from the game for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl as the New Orleans Saints lost to the Buccaneers 20-10).

Evans talked about his rivalry with Lattimore.

It's super competitive. Evans said that he was too emotional today. You don't hit guys on the field. I can't let my teammates get hit by a punch like that. I pushed him and turned him into a fight.

Evans said they are in New Orleans. Sometimes it gets really hot. There was a bit of a fight. I'm happy that nobody was hurt and that our team responded quickly.

The Saints had won their last seven regular-season games against the Buccaneers, so it was going to be a heated contest.

After tackling Miller on an incomplete pass in the fourth quarter, Lattimore got into a fight with Brady and Fournette.

Fournette and Lattimore started shoving each other and that's when Evans came in and body-checked Lattimore. It's possible that they'll be fined as a result of the incident.

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Evans and Lattimore have been friends for a long time.

Lattimore was blindsided by Evans when he was a member of the Saints.

Evans has played in four Pro Bowls and has eight straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Lattimore is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named Defensive Freshman of the Year in 2017.

Evans and Lattimore are both under contract with their respective teams through the next decade. The bad blood between these two players will not go away soon.

The two teams don't meet again until December.