Mike Pence Leaves Colts Game After Several 49ers Players Kneel During Anthem

Mike Pence leaves Indianapolis Colts game after players kneel during national anthem

Mike Pence leaves Indianapolis Colts game after players kneel during national anthem

Many on social media have been focusing on the travel costs rather than the principles of Mike Pence who walked out of an NFL game after players knelt for the U.S. national anthem. Or maybe it was just an excuse to get out there.

President Trump wrote that he requested Pence leave if any players kneeled. Just like that friend that calls you with a fake emergency to get you out of a bad date.

After an initial wave of protest following Trump's comments, many players have stopped kneeling during the anthem.

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"I left today's Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our national anthem", his statement said.

I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country.

Pence tweeted earlier in the day that he was looking forward to the day's festivities, which included honoring former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. According to ESPN, the Colts wore black t-shirts affirming a commitment to "equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, and opportunity", and stood with arms locked during the anthem, rather than with the traditionally reverent hand-on-heart gesture.

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He also posted a picture of himself and his wife, Karen, standing during the anthem.

Pence, who has gone out of his way to demonstrate loyalty to Trump, said in his statement it was important to rally around the flag and things that unite the country.

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask National Football League players to respect the flag", Mr Pence added.

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Co-founder of the Democratic Coalition, Scott Dworkin, tweeted: "How much aid could've gone to hurricane victims instead of Pence going to a football game that no one wanted him at in the first place?" The team continued the effort at a time when others are abandoning the protests; while players for the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills knelt the week before, they stood for the anthem on Sunday.

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