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Mike Pence walks out of National Football League game over player protest

Mike Pence walks out of National Football League game over player protest

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the kneeling protest a year ago.

He was in town to pay tribute to former Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, who was honored by his former team with the unveiling of a new statue prior to kickoff.

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. Reid has accordingly spoken out against Vice President Pence's counterprotest yesterday expressed in his departure from the Colts/49ers game while Reid did his thing.

He added: "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our flag and national anthem".

President Donald Trump, who has been critical of the players' protests, said he had asked Pence to leave and praised his decision to do so.

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The White House also issued a statement from Pence, in which he says Americans should rally around the flag.

Some criticized Trump and Pence for the walkout, with Hawaii Democratic Sen. Just two hours earlier, Pence tweeted a photo along with his wife sitting in the stands of Lucas Oil Stadium. Some players from the 49ers kneeled during the anthem, while some Colts wore black T-shirts with the words "We Will" on the front and "Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity" on the back. He knew we were probably going to do it again.

"And so this is what systemic oppression looks like", Reid said. His exit came after a whirlwind few days in which Pence visited Puerto Rico, St. Croix to survey hurricane damage, and Las Vegas to comfort victims of the mass shooting from a week ago. Pence tweeted he didn't want to "dignify" the protest.

This gesture has been adopted by dozens of players since Mr. Trump has called the end of September the owners of franchises of the National Football League to "expel" the players who "[were missing] of compliance " to the american flag.


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