VP Mike Pence just left the Colts and 49ers game after players knelt during national anthem
Mike Pence leaves game after 49ers players kneel during national anthem

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Vice President Mike Pence left the Indianapolis Colts game Sunday because some 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem.

Vice President Mike Pence spoke out on Sunday about why he left a football game between the Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game, the same day it emerged that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said he’d stand for the national anthem if he can play in the NFL once more.

In a tweet, the former Indiana governor said “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.”

It was announced Friday that Pence would attend the game with the second lady. The game is special, because Peyton Manning’s jersey will be retired at halftime and he will be inducted into the Ring of Honor.

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The protests spread this season after the former San Francisco 49er was unable to sign on with another team.

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The protest began in August 2016, when former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem in preseason games. Last month, President Donald Trump chastised the practice, calling players who did so “sons of b—-es” and encouraging fans to leave NFL stadiums if they saw it happen in front of them.

Pence, a former governor of Indiana, had been in Indianapolis as part of the celebration of Peyton Manning and his jersey retirement and induction into the Colts’ Ring of Honor during Sunday’s game.

Around the NFL on Sunday, at least seven players from two teams kneeled during the national anthem while three Miami Dolphins players and the Tennessee Titans‘ Rishard Matthews remained in the tunnel or locker room during the anthem.

The Niners conducted a similar display for the national anthem last week in Arizona.

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“After sitting down with Colin Kaepernick for several hours, @JasonLaCanfora says the QB is still actively trying to play in the NFL,” NFLonCBS tweeted Sunday.

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