When NFL Players Protest Anthem, VP Pence Stops and Does Something No One Expected Emmanuel October 8, 2017 News Headlines, Sports The national anthem protests that have taken over the NFL started last season by the now-free agent, Colin Kaepernick, who at the time was playing for the 49ers. I guess sitting on the bench wasn’t so fun because Kaepernick is now willing to stand for the national anthem if it means he can get signed to a team again. But Vice President Mike Pence wants nothing to do with Kaepernick’s disrespect and the rest of the NFL’s harsh criticism towards the POTUS and the rest of America. During the San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday versus the Indianapolis Colts, Mike Pence decided to get up out of his seat and leave the game. According to ijr: The reason why he left was in order to make a comment on the protests during the national that have become popular since President Donald Trump’s harsh criticisms. Pence’s departure was in response to 23 San Francisco 49ers taking a knee during the national anthem. On his Twitter account, Pence said neither he nor Trump will “dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National 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. — Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017 Pence added that protests divide the U.S. at a time when we all should be united. He made it clear players can have their own opinions, but the national anthem gives Americans a chance to honor the country and the American flag: I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem. pic.twitter.com/B0zP5M41MQ — Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017 We were proud to stand – with all our @Colts – for our soldiers, our flag, and our National Anthem ?? pic.twitter.com/mkZiKMkPDD — Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017 Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.