VP Pence Leaves NFL Game After Players Protest During Anthem

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence left the 49ers-Colts game after about a dozen San Francisco players took a knee during the national anthem Sunday.

The former Indiana governor flew in so he could watch Peyton Manning’s jersey retirement ceremony. Pence didn’t stick around long.

Pence said on Twitter: “I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

The White House also issued a statement from Pence, in which he says Americans should rally around the flag. Pence said: “I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”

President Donald Trump later tweeted: “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”

Pence is a noted sports fan and it was the second major event he’s attended in his home state since taking office in January. He also attended May’s Indianapolis 500, a family tradition.

Manning became the first Indianapolis-era player in Colts history to have his number retired. He also was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Pence flew in on Saturday after a statue of Manning was unveiled, an event attended by a number of luminaries including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Instead, Pence spent most of Saturday honoring victims of the Las Vegas shooting before returning to his home state.

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One Comment

  1. Earl Gray says:

    I am Proud of Our Vice President for what he and his wife did. God Bless you Sir!!!!

  2. Jerry Cason says:

    SF HAS NO RESPECT FOR ANYTHING NORMAL AMERICANS RESPECT,THEY ARE ANTI AMERICAN

  3. The question is this… What is the most reverant and respectful position a human can take?
    Throughout history this has ALWAYS been kneeling.
    So the Republican party is now on the line as arguing that Kneeling is being Disrespectful.

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