On Sunday, the 49ers took on the Colts at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Colts ended up winning by only 3 points. The big news of the game was not the score, however, but rather was what Vice President Mike Pence did at the game.
Vice President Pence attended the NFL game, but only for a short time. After the national anthem was sung and several players protested, he left the game.
There were over 20 players from the 49ers that knelt during the anthem with their hands over their hearts. Other players stood behind them, placing their hands on the kneeling players' shoulders.
The Colts stood during the anthem with their arms locked, but they wore shirts to represent their feelings. The black T-shirts said, "We Will...Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity."
The former Indiana governor and his wife reportedly attended the game because of the honor that was to be given to Peyton Manning. The star quarterback's jersey was to be retired. After the protests, however, Pence walked away.
On Sunday afternoon, President Trump revealed that he had instructed the vice president to leave if the protests took place. He posted on his Twitter account about the incident.
After he left the game, VP Pence posted a statement to his Twitter account. He said that he was standing with the president and did not want to support an event that was disrespectful to the country.
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 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," he continued. "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem."
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