Pence leaves Colts game after players kneel during anthem

NFL San Francisco 49ers at Indianapolis Colts

Meanwhile a United States reporter has clarified his televised report saying that the player who began the kneeling protest had told him that he would stand during the national anthem if he returned to the NFL.

US Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game in protest against players who refused to stand during the national anthem.

A White House statement from Pence urged all Americans to rally around their flag.

The Indianapolis Star reports no Colts players disrespected the national anthem, but several 49ers did.

On the other sideline, Colts players wore t-shirts with the message "We Will" and "Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity". Since then, some players continue to protest, while other teams have said they will stand during the anthem and protest in other ways. Pence did just that, leaving the game early because he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem".

It was supposed to be a day of football where the main event would be former Colts gridiron legend Peyton Manning retiring his No. 18 jersey.

The news outlet also noted some inconsistencies surrounding Pence's tweets about Sunday's game. All of the Colts players appeared to stand during the anthem.

It won't work. Nobody knew that Mike Pence was at a football game, and nobody cared that he left.

The vice president went on to issue a full statement opposing the protest.

However, Pence would only stay for one series after noticing the group of 23 players kneeling on the 49ers sideline during the national anthem as they continue their protests.

Pence was in town to watch the Colts take on the San Francisco 49ers, the very team backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick played for during the postseason.

Like the reporting you see here? That's been a major issue for President Donald Trump in recent weeks.

The game took place Lucas Oil Field in IN, where Pence was formerly the governor. But after seeing 49ers players kneeling during the anthem, Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence got up and left.



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