One week after America watched as police ran toward danger to save lives, professional athletes – grown men who get paid millions of dollars to play a game – continued to kneel during the traditional playing of the national anthem.

This week, the ongoing “protest” came as the images of brave cops trying to save lives in Las Vegas were still fresh in the minds of the fans at home and in the stands.

Sunday’s game in Indianapolis was set to be a festive event as former Indiana Gov. and current Vice-President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, would be on hand to see longtime Colt quarterback, Hall of Famer Peyton Manning honored with an induction into the team’s Ring of Honor and have his #18 jersey retired – the first Colt to be so honored.

A statue of Manning outside Lucas Oil Stadium would also be seen by fans for the first time.

But Pence and his wife missed the Colt win over the San Francisco 49ers because the Vice-President walked out several 49ers knelt during the anthem.

“I left today's Colts game because @ POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted.

He went on to reference the bravery of the Las Vegas first responders and the unity of the entire city and country following the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history.

“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.”

The Colts went on to beat the winless 49ers, the team that started the kneeling movement last season when then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick first refused to stand for the anthem.

Kaepernick, who remains unsigned this season, said he took the action to draw attention to what he sees as violence against black men by law enforcement officers.

President Trump tweeted that he asked Pence to leave the stadium, “...if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,” tweeting, “I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”

Pence also addressed the First Amendment right players have cited in support of their action.

“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. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and National Anthem.”

Do you agree with Vice-president Pence's decision to leave the stadium when NFL players refused to stand for the national anthem?

Source: Fox News

 
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