VP Mike Pence Leaves Colts Game After Players Kneel

Mike Pence.

Vice President Mike Pence said he left Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game after several players from the San Francisco 49ers chose to kneel during the national anthem.

He tweeted, "I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." At least 15 players from the 49ers were seen kneeling during the anthem. Colts players stood arm-in-arm. 

Pence has followed President Trump's lead by criticizing players who do not stand for the anthem. Last week, about 30 players from the 49ers kneeled in their first game since Trump called for players who protest to be fired. 

Former 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sparked the protests last year when he chose not to stand last year to speak out against racial inequality and police brutality. Many other NFL teams have chosen not to continue the protests. 

After having players kneel last week, the Detroit Lions all stood for the anthem before their game.  

Source: USA Today

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