Vice President Mike Pence took to social media to give an explanation about his leaving of the Indianapolis Colts Vs San Francisco 49ers game. He said that the reason for his decision was seeing one of the players taking a knee for the national anthem, and that is something that he strongly disapproves.
“I left today’s [Indianapolis] Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” he wrote on Twitter.
As the former governor of Indiana, Vice President Pence was planning to be on hand when the Colts honored one of the greatest stars in the team’s history, Peyton Manning.
More than a dozen players on the 49ers, the team Colin Kaepernick played for, knelt. None of the Colts did.
“At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience… now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us,” he wrote.
“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,” he continued. “I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”