Kirsters Baish| Vice President of the United States Mike Pence was attending an NFL game on Sunday in Indianapolis. He went to see his favorite team, the Colts play against the San Francisco 49ers. He didn’t end up staying very long at the game, however. VP Pence decided it was best for him to leave after witnessing almost two dozen members of the 49ers drop to their knees and kneel during the National Anthem.
Pence took to Twitter to explain his reasoning for leaving the football game. He stated that he wouldn’t take part in any event at which players decided it was okay to disrespect our anthem and everything that it stands for.
“I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, ourflag, or our national anthem,” Pence explained. “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 own 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 used to be the governor of Indiana prior to becoming Vice President of the United States. He was attending the game to see ceremonies that would be honoring former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. On Saturday, there was a statue made of Manning that was revealed to the public. On Sunday, Manning’s jersey was retired from the team.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
Not a single Colts player took a knee for the anthem. Instead, they wore matching shirts that read “We Will” on the front. The back had the words “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity.” This was the second week in a row that they sported the shirts. They all stood for the anthem with their arms interlocked to show unity.
It’s no surprise that so many of the 49ers took a knee on Sunday. They are the team that has had the single most players kneel for the anthem this season.
I count 23 member of the #49ers kneeling for the playing of the national anthem as a protest of social inequality.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) October 8, 2017
We saw the first of the anthem protests last season when Colin Kaepernick (former 49ers quarterback) decided to “make a statement” by disrespecting the American flag and all that it stands for. He claimed that he was protesting the “unequal treatment” of African Americans by police in America.
It didn’t take long for a few players here and there to join Kaepernick’s “cause.” The number this season, however, grew rapidly as almost 200 took a knee a couple of weeks ago following President Trump’s statement on the protests. President Trump explained that if he were an NFL owner, he would fire any player who decided to take a knee for the anthem.
“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.
I can’t think of a single owner who is going to want Kaepernick on their team. His blatant disrespect for our flag and our country isn’t a characteristic of someone who belongs on an American football team.