Just moments after the announcement was made that former San Francisco 49-ers and now-free-agent Colin Kaepernick would stand up for the national anthem and flag if given a chance to play in the NFL once again, Vice President Mike Pence walked out of the Indianapolis Colt’s game, because players on the 49-ers took a knee during the anthem, in front of him.
Immediately after leaving the stadium, Pence took it to Twitter to publish an official statement, explaining why he and his wife left. In his statement, he said, “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 at 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,” adding how while he knows that everyone is entitled to their own opinions, he doesn’t think “it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem.”
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
The NFL has been widely criticized among both Republican and Democrats as well as the two groups of supporters for their disrespectful actions, with many people burning seasonal tickets, leaving the stadiums empty and even going as far as to make sure the NFL ratings drop.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
Mr VP, I'll b sending u a I STAND FOR MY FLAG bumper sticker for leaving NFL game. More Americans should do same. https://t.co/WCqKR5dxBu
— Dennis Michael Lynch (@realDennisLynch) October 8, 2017