Bruce Arians’ alleged role in Bucs-Saints fight under NFL investigation: report

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints Week 2 matchup featured the ongoing saga of a fight between Mike Evans and Marshan Latimore.

But while the fight was the main focus of the NFL’s investigation, Pro Football Talk reported on Monday that Bruce Arian’s alleged involvement is also being looked into.

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Former head coach and current senior advisor to the general manager Bruce Arians sits on the bench before the pre-season game between the Miami Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on August 13, 2022.
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Arian, now a senior football consultant for the Buccaneers, was seen on the sidelines during the game and apparently had words with Lattimore before Evans arrived and knocked him to the ground. It is not clear what Arians were doing on shore at the time.

Arian served as head coach for the Buccaneers from 2019 to 2021 before stepping down earlier this year for Todd Bowles.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Football Consultant Bruce Arians reacts to a play as quarterback Tom Brady, #12, watches from the bench against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Caesars Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans .

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Senior Football Consultant Bruce Arians reacts to a play as quarterback Tom Brady, #12, watches from the bench against the New Orleans Saints during the first half at Caesars Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans .
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On Sunday, Evans and Latimore got into a brawl.

Evans pushed Latimore to the ground after a back-and-forth with Bucks players Tom Brady and Leonard Fournette. Both Evans and Latimore, who have a history with each other, were dropped from the game. Tampa Bay won the game 21–10.

Evans took three catches for 61 yards. Breshad Perryman took three catches for 45 yards and Brady’s go-ahead touchdown catch.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Byron Leftwich (right) and mentor Bruce Arian (left) watch against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Kaiser Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant coach Byron Leftwich (right) and mentor Bruce Arian (left) watch against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Kaiser Superdome on September 18, 2022 in New Orleans.
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According to Pro Football Talk, the history between Evans and Lattimore will be taken into account when the league decides on their discipline. Evans received a one-game suspension.

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