GREEN BAY, Wis. – Jon Runyan Jr. has heard the theories – or the conspiracy theories, so to speak. Because it was the father of the left guard of the Green Bay Packers who this week imposed the one-game suspension on receiver Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who faced his son’s team on Sunday.
That’s the job of Jon Runyan Sr. as the NFL’s Vice President of Rules and Policy Administration. It’s a position the former player has held since 2016.
“He was just doing his job,” Runyan Jr. said Wednesday. “He’s been doing this job for over half a decade now. We happen to be playing the Buccaneers this week. Everyone’s trying to make this conspiracy theory out of it, which it’s not.”
Runyan Sr. ruled on Evans’ suspension Monday for the catcher’s role in Sunday’s altercation with New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore. Evans’ appeal was then heard by Appeals Officer James Thrash, who upheld the suspension on Wednesday.
“My dad is doing his job,” Runyan Jr said.[It was a] misjudgment on the ground. Sometimes this stuff happens. There’s a whole conspiracy theory going on, and it’s not true. That’s how it goes. You cannot run 15 meters trying to chase someone when the game is over. It’s funny, though, how things work out sometimes.”
Runyan Sr. played 14 seasons in the NFL (1996-2009). Runyan Jr. was a 2020 Packers sixth-round pick. He became the Packers’ starting left guard in 2021 and started each of the first two games there that season.