VP Mike Pence: Why I left today's Colts/49ers game

VP Mike Pence: Why I left today's Colts/49ers game

VP Mike Pence: Why I left today's Colts/49ers game

President Donald Trump tweeted that he had asked Mr Pence to leave if players kneeled and said he was "proud of him". A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem a year ago.

Pence, the former governor of IN, earlier posted a picture of himself and his wife Karen Pence at the Lucas Oil Stadium IN Indianapolis, he IN a Colts hat and shirt and the second lady sporting a team jersey.

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

However, after members of the San Francisco 49ers appeared to take a knee during the national anthem, in part of an ongoing protest by NFL players against racism, the vice president left the stadium. Pence said: "I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem".

"While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask National Football League players to respect the flag", Mr Pence added.

Kaepernick has not denied La Canfora's claim outright but he has been retweeting the assertions of others who have responded to the CBS sport reporter.

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The protests started when Colin Kaepernick sat down for the anthem before a game in August 2016.

Howard Bryant, ESPN Magazine columnist also weighed in on Twitter with what he claimed was confirmation from Kaepernick.

The vice president went on to issue a full statement opposing the protest.

The protests have become a staple of National Football League games after Trump said National Football League owners should fire any "son of a bitch" who protests.

United States vice-president Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game on Sunday after several players took a knee during the national anthem prior to kick-off. Brian Schatz tweeting, "Wait".

Pence, who has gone out of his way to demonstrate loyalty to Trump, said in his statement it was important to rally around the flag and things that unite the country. That's not an low-cost thing to do.

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