Pence leaves Colts game after protest during anthem

Pence leaves Colts game after protest during anthem

Pence leaves Colts game after protest during anthem

The second wave was dying down when Pence went back to his home state to see the Colts play in Lucas Oil Stadium and watch a number-retiring ceremony for former quarterback Peyton Manning, who played for the Colts for 13 years and won the team its only Super Bowl since it relocated to Indianapolis.

Pence said in a statement: "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".

Only members of the 49ers knelt for the rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" - a symbol of protest, not against the flag or the song, but against what they say is institutional social injustice and peaceful demonstration against the violence perpetrated by police against black men. At the time of the national anthem, a score of players for the San Francisco 49ers, the visiting team, put a knee on the ground.

No Colts players knelt during the anthem prior to the game in Indianapolis but the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling with their hands over their hearts for the second straight week. He said during a political rally in Huntsville, Ala., on September 22 that National Football League owners should fire the players who knelt during the anthem. The players stood with their arms locked during the anthem, according to media reports.

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President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked Mr Pence to leave if players kneeled and said he was "proud of him".

In what appeared to be a gaffe, it emerged that the image Pence had tweeted with his wife Karen at the game had been in fact from 2014. Brian Schatz tweeting, "Wait". Trump has bashed the form of protest calling it disrespectful to the flag and veterans. That's not an affordable thing to do. National Football League spokesman Joe Lockhart previously said that such actions are not a protest against the anthem or the flag.

But the former governor of IN and his wife, wearing a Manning No 18 jersey, left Lucas Oil Stadium after the national anthem, following instructions from President Donald Trump after a number of San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the anthem.

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