Mike Pence Walks Out of 49ers/Colts Game After Players Kneel During National Anthem


Source: AP

Vice President Mike Pence walked out of Sunday’s game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Indianapolis Colts after some players knelt during the National Anthem.

Before the game the former governor of Indiana took to Twitter revealing, “Looking forward to cheering for our Colts & honoring the great career of #18 Peyton Manning at Lucas Oil Stadium today.”

However, Pence and wife, Karen, were not in their seats for long.

The couple shared a picture of themselves standing for the National Anthem, but left shortly afterward as members of the 49ers knelt in protest. Players for the Colts did stand for the National Anthem, but had their arms linked.

The vice president told his followers 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.”

“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 VP tweeted. “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. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

According to President Trump, it was he who requested Pence to leave the game if players knelt in protest. The president took to Twitter to reveal, “I asked VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and Second Lady Karen.”