According to NBCSports.com, Kwon Alexander had been fined $28,075 for unnecessary roughness when he made head to head contact on a sliding Jameis Winston.
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Jameis Winston and Mike Evans defended Kwon Alexander calling the play football, and believe he should not have been ejected.
“The way that looked,” explained Winston. “I got down late. I gave myself up. He is just playing football. It is tough for defenders to get out of the way of that and, fortunately, we try to protect the quarterback in this league and we did it there.” – Per WFLA
Pushing and shoving ensued.
“I feel some type of way about my quarterback,” Evans said to a group of reporters in the locker room after the game. “So I was upset. Ali was upset.”
“We were all upset,” said Evans. “But we did not want him to get ejected. I did not want him to get ejected. I do not think he did it intentionally. He did not want to hurt Jameis. We are all good friends.” – per WFLA
Evans admitted that he could have handled the situation better than he did.
Kwon Alexander also mentioned that the hit was an accident and is surprised that it went down the way that it did. It was an honest mistake, that at the time, seemed to be dirty in the eyes of many Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans.
“I was surprised because when I hit him I thought he was still up,” Alexander said. “He pumped-faked the ball first. I would never do that. I’m not a dirty player like that. I play the game right, so it was never intentional. But it happened, and now I got to move on from this.
“I was playing hard, playing fast. He pumped-faked the ball, so I just tried to make a play. That’s how it goes.” – NBCSports.com