By John DeShazier
The New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints Coach Dennis Allen said he spoke with Marshon Lattimore on Monday, and advised the Pro Bowl cornerback that opponents will continue instigation tactics after Lattimore was ejected from Sunday’s 20-10 loss to Tampa Bay in the Caesars Superdome.
Lattimore was ejected with Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans, who was given a one-game suspension by the NFL for his role in a fourth-quarter altercation that nearly led to a brawl.
The incident began with Lattimore exchanging words with Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady after a third-down incompletion with 12:49 left in the quarter, escalated when running back Leonard Fournette shoved Lattimore and Lattimore returned the shove, then turned to mayhem when Evans circled in from behind Brady’s right side and tackled the unsuspecting Lattimore, who was eyeing Fournette and Brady.
“He and I had a conversation,” Allen said. “He understands. He understands that he can’t retaliate and that’s something that teams in this league are going to continue to try him on. A lot of the instances that I can think of, it’s generally been a retaliation deal.”
For Evans, it was the second one-game suspension he has received due to tackling Lattimore after a play had concluded. In 2017, Evans blindsided the then-rookie as the cornerback exchanged words with Buccaneers personnel after a play.
“I don’t understand how (the NFL) comes to the conclusion of what they’re coming to (with Evans),” Allen said. “Certainly, I felt like what he did was way more egregious than what Marshon did, and it’s the second time that that’s happened. I’m not sure how they come up with those designations.
“These altercations typically kind of occur with the people that are involved and not people that are not involved.”