Mike Pence leaves football game after players kneel during national anthem

09 October, 2017, 00:53 | Author: Julian Swanson
  • Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game following anthem protest

The Vice-President had his football Sunday cut short when he left the Colts - 49ers game right after the National Anthem because players were kneeling during the singing including more than twenty 49ers players who knelt with their hands over their hearts. Some players from the 49ers kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner, while some Colts wore black T-shirts with the words "We Will" on the front and "Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity" on the back.

The former IN governor flew IN so he could watch Peyton Manning's jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday. After having players kneel last week, both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills all stood for the anthem before their games.

Pence tweeted that he had left the game, saying that he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". "I left the game today because the president and I will honor any event that lack of respect to our soldiers, our flag or our national anthem", writes the second character of the american State, on his Twitter account.

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked Mr Pence to leave if players kneeled and said he was "proud of him".

"At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience, now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us", the statement reads. Trump has even called for a boycott of the National Football League unless the league takes action against players who protest.

He had previously tweeted a photograph of himself at a Colts game, adding he was "looking forward to cheering for our Colts".

Critics of players kneeling at the pre-game playing of the national anthem, including Trump, object to any protest, regardless of its merits, during a ceremony meant to honor the USA flag and military veterans.

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