Mike Pence walks out of NFL match as players kneel during national anthem

Mike Pence left a National Football League (NFL) in an unceremonious manner after certain players knelt down for the national anthem instead of standing, to mark their protest against police violence faced by racial minorities.

The US Vice President justified his walk out saying that he could not be there at an event where the US soldiers or flag are disrespected. Mike Pence walked out of the NFL game played in Indiana, which happens to be his home state.

President Donald Trump reacted to the NFL controversy saying that he was proud of what Mike Pence had done and revealed that he had asked the Vice President to leave the venue if players kneeled at the anthem.

The American President has been heavily criticizing players for taking the event to mark their protests and has even pushed for a ban on the NFL for the same.

US Vice President Mike Pence at an NFL game

US Vice President Mike Pence at an NFL game. Photo courtesy of
Vice President Mike Pence/Facebook.

Mike Pence said that while everyone has their rights to have their own opinions, it isn’t too much to ask the NFL stars to respect the US flag.

Mike Pence on Sunday stated: “I left today’s Colts game because President Donald J. Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.

“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. 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 our National Anthem.

The Vice President walked out after players from the touring San Francisco 49ers refused to stand before their match against the Indianapolis Colts.”

The US President had in the past said that his comments against the NFL protest have no connection with race but his criticism of the protests failed to prevent further public actions from the NFL players.

Recent protests against the police violence against racial minorities have seen the NFL players kneeling, locking arms or remaining in the dressing room when the US national anthem Star-Spangled Banner is played out before the start of the game.

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