Pence leaves Colts game after protest during anthem

Pence leaves Colts game after protest during anthem

President Donald Trump tweeted afterward that he asked Pence to leave the stadium. The team continued the effort at a time when others are abandoning the protests; while players for the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills knelt the week before, they stood for the anthem on Sunday.

Pence, the former IN governor, had attended the game to watch a ceremony honouring former Colts great Peyton Manning scheduled for half-time, but chose to leave after the anthems.

The protests were started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and have become a source of huge controversy in the US this year after President Donald Trump called on owners to fire players who participate in them.

Pence tweeted that he had left the game, saying that he would not "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem". "I asked the vice-president Pence to leave the stage if players put a knee on the ground [during the national anthem], a lack of respect for our country", he wrote on his Twitter account.

The Vice President said he left in objection to an "event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem". "I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen", Trump tweeted. The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the national anthem because the reporter who interviewed Kaepernick says he did not ask the player about the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.

Howard Bryant, ESPN Magazine columnist also weighed in on Twitter with what he claimed was confirmation from Kaepernick. Trump has repeatedly called on team owners to fire all players who kneel during the national battle song.

United States vice president Mike Spence walked out of an NFL game as players kneeled during the national anthem. Trump has bashed the form of protest calling it disrespectful to the flag and veterans.

By walking out over the kneeling, Pence hasn't just stirred the stoked the flames of the controversy, it has also kicked up a new dust storm: criticism over the cost of the vice president's protest of the protest. Brian Schatz tweeting, "Wait".