Vice President Pence Leaves Colts Game Over Protests

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife went to watch the Indianapolis Colts take on the San Francisco 49ers to support future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning, who was being honored by the Colts with a jersey retirement ceremony.

However, Pence didn’t stay long at Lucas Oil Field. The Vice President and his wife left the game after the national anthem because over 20 players on the 49ers team took a knee during the anthem.

All the Colts players stood for the anthem and locked arms while wearing black T-shirts with the words “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back for the second consecutive week.

After leaving the stadium, Pence issued a statement on Twitter explaining his actions.

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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. 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.”

On Sunday afternoon, President Trump also took to Twitter to say he asked Pence to leave the game if players knelt during the anthem.

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

According to ESPN, the pool reporter that was assigned to the vice president was told to stay outside because Pence might leave the game early.

After the game, 49ers safety Eric Reid called Pence’s walkout a publicity stunt.

“First of all, does anyone know the last time he’s been to a football game?” Reid said after the game. “OK, with that being said, he tweeted out a 3-year-old photo of him at a Colts game. So with the information that I have, the last time he’s been to a football game is three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me.

October 15, 2017 by : Posted in news No Comments

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