Green Bay Packers' Jon Runyan Jr. shoots down conspiracy theories around dad issuing Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mike Evans a suspension play Stephen A.: Evans' suspension gives Green Bay the clear edge (1:38) Stephen A. Smith explains why Mike Evans' suspension will make it difficult for the Bucs' offense to score. (1:38) 10:12 PM ET Rob DemovskyESPN Staff Writer Close Covered Packers for Green Bay Press-Gazette from 1997-2013 Two-time Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year as selected by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Jon Runyan Jr. heard the theories -- or conspiracy theories, as they were. For it was the father of the Green Bay Packers left guard who this week handed down the one-game suspension to receiver Mike Evans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers , who just happen to be playing his son's team on Sunday. That's Jon Runyan Sr.'s job 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 that job for over a half-decade now. It just so happens that we're playing the Buccaneers this week. Everybody's trying to make it this conspiracy theory, which it's not." Editor's Picks 2 Related Runyan Sr. ruled on Evans' suspension on Monday for the receiver'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's doing his job," Runyan Jr. said. "[It was a] lapse in judgment on the field. Sometimes, that stuff happens. There's a whole conspiracy theory going down, and it's not true. That's just how it goes. You can't be running 15 yards trying to head-hunt somebody when the play's over. It is funny, though, how stuff works 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 each of the first two games this season.