Published: Mon, October 09, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Vice President Pence Leaves Colts Game Early After Players Kneel for Anthem

Vice President Pence Leaves Colts Game Early After Players Kneel for Anthem

After having players kneel last week, both the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills all stood for the anthem before their games. VP Pence was there to watch his home state team, but left when several players from both teams knelt during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.

Shortly thereafter, Pence tweeted a picture of his wife and himself standing beside a member of the military (an image which he subsequently used as his cover photo on his profile).

"I am proud of him and second lady Karen", he said on Twitter.

As White House criticism of of the gesture continued Sunday, CBS walked back its report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who first employed it a year ago, had said he would stand for the anthem if he was signed by a new team.

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Pence, the former governor of IN, earlier posted a picture of himself and his wife Karen Pence at the Lucas Oil Stadium IN Indianapolis, he IN a Colts hat and shirt and the second lady sporting a team jersey.

The NFL protests began last season with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers.

"It seems pretty clear what Trump and the former governor of Indiana's plan here was", Frank Schwab of the NFL Shutdown Corner blog said. The vice president, following in the footsteps of President Donald Trump, criticized the players for their disrespect on Twitter.

The right to participate in such a protest is protected by the US Constitution's First Amendment.

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Trump's opposition to the protest has galvanized national opinion on the issue.

Ironically, Pence's protest boycott came the same day that Kaepernick, who was not drafted this season, announced that he will stand for the anthem if the National Football League recruits him again.

Pryor, for the record, stood for the national anthem.

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