Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

VP Mike Pence leaves National Football League game after anthem protest

VP Mike Pence leaves National Football League game after anthem protest

Vice President Mike Pence left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday after some players knelt during the National Anthem, saying he did not want to "dignify" the event.

Colt's legendary quarterback Peyton Manning had his number retired today and that's reportedly why Pence was planning to attend.

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

Pence has since changed his cover photo on Twitter to a picture of him standing up with his hand over his heart at a Colts game.

Mr Pence, who has gone out of his way to demonstrate loyalty to Mr Trump, said in his statement it was important to rally around the flag and things that unite the country. "I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem", the statement read.

"Looking forward to cheering for our @Colts", Pence said in the earlier tweet. Former 49s player Colin Kaepernick initiated the practise previous year, by sitting out the national anthem in protest of police brutality of black people. Players are taking a stand against racial inequality and police brutality that disproportionately affects the black community.

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The game, between the Indianapolis Colts and the 49ers, was being played in Indianapolis. Reid said he believes Vice President Mike Pence's decision to come to the game at Lucas Oil Stadium and then leave immediately after the national anthem was a "PR stunt".

While national anthem demonstrations have been meant to protest police violence, which disproportionately affects black Americans, Pence has said that there is "too much of this talk of institutional bias or racism in law enforcement".

At the time of the national anthem, a score of players for the San Francisco 49ers, the visiting team, put a knee on the ground.

Elsewhere in the National Football League, many teams opted not to continue the protests.

Since those comments Kaepernick's mother, Teresa Kaepernick tweeted back: "Guess that makes me a proud b--!"

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