There was a minor slip-up during the dance, though. Johnson said, “Maybe I just got a step ahead of myself probably, yeah.” It was one of the first times this season Johnson had made a mistake during his run to the semifinals. The score of 26 (out of 30) left Arnold in amazement, but Johnson’s annoyed face told the real story.
Johnson worked with Arnold and Colton Schmidt Authentic Jersey Witney Carson in a trio salsa; he performed in a lime green shirt and black pants. At one point in the dance, Johnson leapt over both of them, so it became clear he still has hops.
During his semifinals performance, Johnson discussed why he walked away from the NFL after nine seasons at the age of 30. His explanation was consistent with everything he told ESPN and the Detroit Free Press in June about why he needed to retire.
“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 Corbin Bryant Authentic Jersey 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.”
Asked to clarify Evans’ definition of the word “minorities,” the receiver’s agent, Deryk Gilmore, said it includes “people of color, women, LGBT …”
Evans protested the anthem during the Bucs’ annual Salute to Service game that honors active-duty and reserve military, retired and veteran service members. The star wide receiver also posted in an Instagram comment last week that he did not vote in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Monday that he was “disappointed” with Evans’ decision to sit because of what the anthem stands for.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed for that,” said Koetter, who has had his team practice lining up for the national anthem before. “I also respect Mike’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”
Evans previously has said that he meant no disrespect to the military. Tampa is home to MacDill Air Force Base and 12,000 active service members.
“I don’t want to disrespect the veterans or anything,” Evans said Sunday. “The men and women that served this country — I’m forever indebted to them. But the things that have been going on in America lately, I’m not going to stand for that.”