GREEN BAY, Conn. — Jon Runyan Jr. heard theories — or conspiracy theories, as they were. Because it was the Green Bay Packers left guard’s father who handed down a one-game suspension to Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Mike Evans this week, who was just playing for his son’s team on Sunday.
That’s Jon Runyan Sr.’s job as the NFL’s vice president of rules and policy management. 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. It just so happens that we’re playing the Buccaneers this week. Everyone’s trying to turn it into a conspiracy theory, but it’s not.”
Runyan Sr. suspended Evans on Monday for his 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 does his job,” Runyan Jr. said. “[It was a] decision making on the pitch. Sometimes things like this happen. A whole conspiracy theory goes down and it’s not true. That’s just how it goes. You can’t run 15 yards trying to head hunt someone when the play is over. But it’s funny how things work out sometimes.”
Runyan Sr. played 14 NFL seasons (1996-2009). Runyan Jr. was a sixth-round pick of the Packers in 2020. He became the Packers’ starting left guard in 2021 and has started there in the first two games this season.