Entertaiment

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

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

His departure came after players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers did not stand during the anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Pence was attending the Indianapolis Colts game at which Peyton Manning's number was to be retired, a gala celebration of the former Colts quarterback's contributions to Pence's home state.

Before Sunday's game, at least 23 49eres players took a knee, while the Colts linked arms.

The result was a second wave of protests, in which the number of players kneeling or otherwise using the anthem to protest exploded.

Pence tweeted about his departure and reiterated his support for President Donald Trump's combative stance on the kneeling protests, which swept the National Football League last month.

More news: Dolphins show us why you should always play until the whistle
More news: GRADING OUT: Report card, game balls after Auburn's win over Ole Miss
More news: Derek Carr a game-time decision for Week 5?

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 controversy over anthem protests had largely died down when President Trump chose to revive it in late September 2017, arguing that the protests were disrespectful to the flag and to the armed forces. "I asked the vice-president Pence to leave the stage if players put a knee on the ground [during the national anthem], a lack of respect for our country", he wrote on his Twitter account.

"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 statement reads. "I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our flag and our national anthem", he added.

Critics of players kneeling at the pre-game playing of the national anthem, including Trump, object to any protest, regardless of its merits, during a ceremony meant to honor the USA flag and military veterans. Trump tweeted his support of Pence's decision to leave the game Sunday, saying he was "proud".


  • Corker aide says Trump asked senator to run

    Corker aide says Trump asked senator to run

    Trump says he now expects his fellow Republican "to be a negative voice and stand in the way" of the White House's agenda. Some on the right, like former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, were considering backing a primary opponent.
    ALDS Astros vs. Red Sox Game 3 live stream

    ALDS Astros vs. Red Sox Game 3 live stream

    While Beltran is a switch hitter, at this point of career, he's mostly a right-handed hitter versus righties on the mound. We have got a lot to prove and we have got a great team on our side this year and that's not to be spoken lightly about.
    Dove faces criticism for racist post

    Dove faces criticism for racist post

    We do not condone any activity or imagery that intentionally insults any audience", the statement read. A screenshot of the now-deleted advertisement was shared by American makeup artist Naomi Leann Blake .
  • Spirited Springboks come within inches of an All Black upset

    Spirited Springboks come within inches of an All Black upset

    They hammered South Africa 57-0 in Auckland last month but Read insisted a tough return game was expected. The All Blacks win at Newlands was also their fifth win in their last six Tests in South Africa .
    San Juan mayor wears T-shirt that says 'NASTY' in interview

    San Juan mayor wears T-shirt that says 'NASTY' in interview

    One can not dismiss the severity of the damage in Puerto Rico just because there are 16 official reported deaths as of September 27.
    Costa Rica vs Honduras CONCACAF WC Qualifiers

    Costa Rica vs Honduras CONCACAF WC Qualifiers

    Only the five group winners qualify from Africa, and at least three of the groups will go down to the wire and the last games next month.
  • Five found stabbed to death in Delhi's Mansarovar Park

    Five found stabbed to death in Delhi's Mansarovar Park

    As the dazed nephew entered the drawing room, he found his cousins - bloodied and sprawled on the floor, a police officer said. The police has said that the family owns Jindal Oil Mill in the national capital.
    Reports: Ex-Bayern Boss Set For Shock Return

    Reports: Ex-Bayern Boss Set For Shock Return

    Ancelotti won the Bundesliga last season but was sacked after a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. His reputation should ensure that he has the immediate respect of everybody at the club.
    WMU Beats Buffalo in 7-OT Marathon

    WMU Beats Buffalo in 7-OT Marathon

    The hosts tied the game 31-31 with 34 seconds remaining, but Western Michigan managed to get into position to win in regulation. Seconds later, his sister joined the team on the sideline to celebrate - even though the game hadn't ended.
  • Goal from the Locker Room Stopped Bulgaria Against France

    Goal from the Locker Room Stopped Bulgaria Against France

    At minute 3, Juventus star Matuidi took a pass from Griezmann and booted the ball past Iliev into the net to give France a 1-0 lead.
    Superman Henry Cavill Comments On Justice League Trailer

    Superman Henry Cavill Comments On Justice League Trailer

    Anyway, Justice League is a plot about how all of the superheroes come together to fight against an evil that threatens the world. Now you know all the basic information about Steppenwolf and are ready to see him face off against the Justice League! .
    Michigan State knocks No. 7 Michigan from unbeaten ranks, 14-10

    Michigan State knocks No. 7 Michigan from unbeaten ranks, 14-10

    Lewerke also led the Spartans in the rushing game with 42 yards on the ground finishing the game with 254 yards of total offense. Georgia (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) continued its best start since 2012 when the Bulldogs reached the SEC championship.