VP Pence leaves NFL game over national anthem protest

Marsha Scott
October 9, 2017

It led to speculation that the move by Pence was simply an expensive publicity stunt, especially as he was under instructions from the USA president, Donald Trump, to leave the game if players took to their knees. A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem previous year.

Less than an hour after issuing Pence's statement, the White House released a picture of him and his wife at the stadium where the game took place, standing with hands over their hearts during the performance of the national anthem.

The controversial practice of taking a knee was started by former-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has yet to be signed to a new team after his contract with the 49ers expired previous year.

However, after members of the San Francisco 49ers appeared to take a knee during the national anthem, in part of an ongoing protest by NFL players against racism, the vice president left the stadium.

Players have been kneeling in response to social injustice.

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"I stand with President Trump", Pence said in the statement, adding "I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem".

"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", the statement opposing the protest continued. The VP of the United States said that he did not want to "dignify" the event.

In the National Football League, some players are choosing to kneel, rather than stand, when the anthem is played before games as a form of demonstration at police violence against African Americans. The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem because the reporter who interviewed Kaepernick says he did not ask the player about the issue.

Last week approximately 30 players from the 49ers kneeled in their first game since Trump called for players who protest to be fired. Brian Schatz tweeting, "Wait. We respect our flag", Trump said to loud applause at the campaign event. That's not an low-priced thing to do.

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