US Vice President walks out of NFL game after players kneel

By BBC

Mike Pence said he abandoned the game because kneeling during the anthem “disrespects our soldiers”

(BBC) – US Vice-President Mike Pence has walked out of a National Football League (NFL) game after several players refused to stand for the US national anthem.

Mr Pence said he could not be present at an event that “disrespects our soldiers, our flag” after abandoning the game in his home state of Indiana.

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

Kneeling at NFL games has become a form of protest against racial injustice.

Mr Trump has criticised players sharply for the protests and pressed the NFL to ban them.

“I left today’s Colts game because @POTUS [President Trump] and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag, or our National Anthem,” Mr Pence tweeted on Sunday.

His departure came after players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers did not stand during the anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the flag,” Mr Pence added.

He had earlier tweeted that he was looking forward to the game.

Mr Trump has previously said that his comments condemning the NFL protests have “nothing to do with race”.

But his criticism of the protests has appeared to galvanise players.

Recent protests have involved players kneeling, linking arms or staying in the locker room during the Star-Spangled Banner.

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stirred controversy when he knelt for the anthem in protest against police brutality last year.

Since then, more and more public figures in the US have been “taking a knee” at big events and using the hashtag #TakeAKnee on social media.

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12 comments

  1. it shows how much they abused their power.

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  2. he knew he was going to do that why wasted TAX payers money? they should make him pay back all the money spent on that trip. RIDICULOUS!

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  3. The USA has been reduced to another big 3RD World Country with nuclear weapons. When is the next childish episode of the charade that that passes for governance?

    There is no climate change. The US Right Wing has no commonsense. Their voters are on opioids. A gun is Holy Cow. Sanity has migrated to the EU.

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  4. if you want to protest against inequality, racial profiling, police killings and all sorts of stuff kneeling down aint gonna do shit. talking about it aint gonna do shit. argueing about it aint gonna do shit. shouting aint gonna do shit. u want them to know u mean business? stop spend money at any of their business places. spend in black businesses. Indians will suffer Mexicans will suffer and the whites will suffer. then when they realize whats going on they have to call a meeting. that's wen u speak becuz then and only then u will have their attention. this goes for the sports too. that's the only way. but then again a lot of us talk the talk but cant walk the walk. im tired of hearing about it. there is this other way of going about it also. its called an eye for an eye. u kill my brother I kill ur brother. I wudnt recommend that one becuz we already doing jus that for them,. killing our brothers and sisters. population control in full effect.

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  5. mate walked out cause if he didnt trump would have fired him

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  6. Not a problem when a innocent black man get killed by a white police office ( that does not anger you ) but a black man knelling causes you disgust. America is the most racist place on earth. I guess if he was on the same bus as Rosa Parks he would get off. Neo Nazi walking with touches not offensive but kneeling disgust.

    Nice to know that he has his priorities right. Bunch of racist turds.

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  7. Good keep doing it NFL players

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  8. Did you know that as a American Football player in the NFL you will be fined if you do anything with a religious connotation like, the sign of the cross etc.?

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  9. A flag means nothing without people. You Walked out on people stupid. Lets see if the flag comes to vote when you go up for re-election.

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  10. AT LEAST THEY KNELL TO THE FLAG OT STILL SIGN A OF RESPECT THERE ARE THISE WHO DOBT RESPECT THE FLAG EVEN THOUGH THEY STAND HALF OF THEM DONT KNOW THE WORDS OF THE ANTHEM WHATS THE BIG DEAL MIKE RACIST STINKY ASSHOLE PENCE AMERICA THE MOST RACIST VILE PLACE ..THERE COMES A TIME IT WOUK ALL SLAP THEM AMERICA HAS DESTROYED NATIONS CAUSE MASSIVE GENOCIDE KILLING MILLIONS OF INDIANS NOW THEY ERADICATE THR BLACK RACE..THY KINGDOM COME THE BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT IS COMING BACK TO HAUNT THEM..POLICE BRUTALITY MILLIONS OF BLACK MEN INCACASERATED DOING LENGTHY SENTENCES COMPARED TO WHITE INMATES FALSE POLICE REPORTS A RACIST JUSTICE SYSTEM... DISCRIMINATION BASE ON RACE LOOK ON JOB APPLICATION ON-LINE IT WAS BLACK, WHITE, LATINO NOW ITS TURNED TO WHITE, LATINO ,ASIAN AND BLACK INDIAN THEY PUT US AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PEDESTAL..THR LAND THEY STOLE FROM THE INDIANS THE FOREFATHERS SAID IT WILL ONE DAY COME BACK FOR THE SPIRIT OF THE INNOCENT WILL HAUNT THE RACIST WHITES..AND ITS HAPPENING..THEY WILL NEVER REST TILL THEY START TURNING AGAINST EACH OTHER CAUSING MASS DESTRUCTION...BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT IS HAUNTING..KEEP WATCHING 👽😱👽☠☠🙏

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