VP Pence leaves NFL game over national anthem protest

Vice President Mike Pence leaves Indianapolis Colts game amid flag protests

Vice President Mike Pence's walk out in protest of National Football League players protesting the anthem was pre-planned and staged by the White House. Or maybe it was just an excuse to get out there.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had told Pence to leave if there were protests.

The result was a second wave of protests, in which the number of players kneeling or otherwise using the anthem to protest exploded. More than a dozen 49ers players knelt during the anthem, with their hands over their hearts, according to ESPN.

"I stand with President Trump", Pence said in the statement, adding "I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem". "While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem".

The President even called on team owners to fire those taking part in the demonstration, referring to any protesting player as a "son of a bitch".


Shortly after several San Francisco 49ers players knelt during their game against the Indianapolis Colts, Pence announced he had left the game. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.

Former governor of Indiana, Mike Pence had made a decision to attend the match of the Indianapolis Colts, to pay tribute to the former quarterback star Peyton Manning, who was to be honored at a ceremony Sunday. The 49ers are the former team of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the anti-brutality kneeling protest while playing for them, before becoming a free agent in March.

Pence has followed President Trump's lead by criticizing players who do not stand for the anthem.

Instead, Pence spent most of Saturday honoring victims of the Las Vegas shooting before returning to his home state.

After leaving the game, Pence posted a photo of himself and his wife standing for the anthem at the game on Sunday.

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