It seems the NFL athletes are allowed to protest, but Vice President Mike Pence is not. That is the message the NFL is sending with their reaction to Pence's walk-out of a football game this weekend.
Pence and his wife Karen attended the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers game on Saturday, but walked out after they saw players kneeling instead of standing during the National Anthem. Pence made this strong statement that has rang out virally amongst Americans who feel just as he does:
"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 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," said Pence.
His statement has been met with applause throughout the country, but some (like the NFL) are saying he, in effect, is squashing the right to peacefully protest. After Pence's walk-out, the NFL released this statement, shared by USA News Flash:
Then a player accused Pence of "systemic oppression" by his walk-out: "This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts," said Eric Reid, safety for the 49ers.
Franklin Graham, however, entirely disagrees. In a strong Facebook post that has already gotten hundreds of thousands of likes, Graham says that the NFL should take a page out of Pence's playbook.
What do you think of Pence's walk-out? Do you think it was awesome, or like the NFL players are accusing, a form of "systemic oppression?" Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!
Apparently, there was more that went on behind the scenes of Pence's walk-out. People are criticizing President Trump of having his hand in it.