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Sunday afternoon, Buccaneer’s wide receiver Mike Evans announced that he’d sit during the national anthem to protest Donald Trump’s election to power.

While some disagree with Evan’s decision, plenty see it has a way for him to express his feelings without disrupting the game. ESPN anchor Sage Steele responded to Evans’ protest with a tweet that showed a picture of a veterans cemetery with a caption that read “Hey look up definition of the word DEMOCRACY & remember this pic while kneeling/exercising your right to protest .”

Steele’s father also served in the armed forces.

Twitter had a mixed reaction to Steele’s tweet:

Evans later apologized for his protest, which only lasted for one game.

“I want to start by apologizing to all the U.S. military members, their families, and the fans who I offended by my actions on Sunday. It was never my intention as I have tremendous respect for the men and women who serve our country. I have very strong emotions regarding some of the many issues that exist in our society today. I chose to sit as an expression of my frustration towards this year’s election. It was very personal for me, as it was for so many Americans. With that being said, I will not sit again during the National Anthem because I want to focus my efforts on finding more effective ways to communicate my message and bring about change by supporting organizations and movements that fight for equal rights for minorities. This Sunday, I will be back to standing with my teammates.”

SOURCE: Fox Sports, Twitter

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