Monday, 20 August, 2018

Mike Pence walks out of National Football League game after players kneel for anthem

LAS VEGAS NV- OCTOBER 07 U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the culmination of a faith unity walk held to help the community heal after Sunday's mass shooting at Las Vegas City Hall Mike Pence walks out of National Football League game after players kneel for anthem
Christy Curtis | 09 October, 2017, 01:49

"I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country", Trump tweeted, adding that he was proud of the second couple.

Members of the Colts stood for the anthem with arms linked.

Less than an hour after issuing Pence's statement, the White House released a picture of him and his wife at the stadium where the game took place, standing with hands over their hearts during the performance of the national anthem.

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

President Donald Trump later tweeted: "I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country".

Mr Pence said he could not be present at an event that "disrespects our soldiers, our flag" after abandoning the game in his home state of Indiana.

Sharing a statement on Twitter, Pence said: "I stand with ‪@POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem".

The protests started when Colin Kaepernick sat down for the anthem before a game in August 2016. During Trump's tirade, he called such a player a "son of a bitch" setting off yet another round of protests from players, and backlash from the entire National Football League community who defended the players right to freedom of expression and panned Trump's comments as inappropriate.

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

Trump has railed against the form of protest, calling it disrespectful to the flag and to veterans.

In the National Football League, some players are choosing to kneel, rather than stand, when the anthem is played before games as a form of demonstration at police violence against African Americans.

By walking out over the kneeling, Pence hasn't just stirred the stoked the flames of the controversy, it has also kicked up a new dust storm: criticism over the cost of the vice president's protest of the protest.

"Wait", Schatz wrote on Twitter, This was orchestrated to make a point?

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