BREAKING: VP Mike Pence Leaves NFL Game Today After Players Kneel During Anthem

Mike Pence

The NFL National Anthem protest issue exploded again today after Vice President Mike Pence walked out of a game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, after several 49ers knelt during the National Anthem.

Pence, who hails from Indiana, was there to watch his home team Colts take on the 49ers when approximately 20 San Francisco players took a knee during the anthem, according to NBC. He then immediately left. No members of the Colts took a knee, choosing instead to lock arms during the anthem.

It does not appear that Pence planned the walkout in advance, as he tweeted about looking forward to halftime festivities honoring Colts legend Peyton Manning.

After the walkout, Vice President Pence issued this statement.

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. While everyone is entitled to their 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.

Pence released the statement via Twitter, and President Donald Trump tweeted that he spoke with the Vice President about the incident as well.

Here are the tweets by both Vice President Pence and President Trump.

Before the protest, Pence tweeted out this happier update.

After a week that saw hundreds of players kneel in protest of the National Anthem, American Flag, and President Trump, protests have largely died down, as players choose other forms of protest to avoid being seen as disrespectful to the country.

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