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NFL Announces Official Discipline Decision On Mike Evans Autograph Controversy

Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are once again involved in another NFL referee controversy this week. 

A video of an NFL ref asking Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans for what appears to be an autograph has gone viral this week. 

However, the NFL's investigation has concluded that the side judge who approached Evans was getting his phone number to pass it along to a golf pro to coordinate golf lessons. 

In other words, it wasn't an autograph and no discipline will be enforced.

"Full story: #Bucs WR Mike Evans and side judge Jeff Lamberth both went to Texas A&M, and Lamberth was getting Evans’ phone number to pass it along to a golf pro to give Evans lessons, per sources. Lamberth didn’t have paper, so he borrowed it from another official," said Tom Pelissero.

"The NFL said in its statement that both Jeff Lamberth and line judge Tripp Sutter 'have been reminded of the importance of avoiding even the appearance of impropriety when interacting with players, coaches, and club staff on gameday…' In other words: Bad look. No discipline," Pelissero adds.

It looks like there's not much of a story here anymore. Mike Evans and the NFL ref were simply exchanging phone numbers to coordinate golf lessons. 

In other words, there's nothing left to see here.