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

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Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game over anthem 'disrespect'

While counts vary, between 15 and 23 players for the 49ers were seen kneeling during the anthem.

The former IN governor flew IN so he could watch Peyton Manning's jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday. Colts players wore T-shirts drawing attention to equality and justice and stood with their arms locked during the anthem.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence sit in the crowd prior to the start of the national anthem at the NFL football game between the Indiana Colts and the San Francisco 49ers at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

He said in a tweet on Sunday that he asked Pence to leave the stadium "if any player kneeled, disrespecting our country".

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The Vice President said he left in objection to an "event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem". "I asked the vice-president Pence to leave the stage if players put a knee on the ground [during the national anthem], a lack of respect for our country", he wrote on his Twitter account.

In his explanation for leaving Sunday's game, Mr Pence stressed that he stood with Mr Trump on the issue. The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem because the reporter who interviewed Kaepernick says he did not ask the player about the issue.

"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". They were told by a staffer to the vice president that "there may be an early departure from the game", but were not given any more information. During Trump's tirade, he called such a player a "son of a bitch" setting off yet another round of protests from players, and backlash from the entire National Football League community who defended the players right to freedom of expression and panned Trump's comments as inappropriate.

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