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Mike Pence Leaves Colts-49ers Game Due to Players Kneeling During National Anthem

It looks like the whole debate over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem won’t be dying anytime soon as the vice-president announced today that he left a game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers due to players refusing to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner.

Vice-President Mike Pence stated earlier today that he was at the game in Indianapolis to help honor the career of Colts legend Peyton Manning.

However, shortly after the game started, the former Indiana governor took to Twitter to let everyone know that he left the stadium — and why he did so:

He also tweeted out a picture of him standing during the playing of the anthem:

It was reported that several players from the 49ers knelt during the anthem, something they’ve done pretty much since the protests started last year:

Ironically, while Pence was tweeting about his exit from the game, it was reported that the athlete most associated with the protests — free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick — had said he’d be willing to stand for the anthem if a team signed him. (Kaepernick would later refute that report.)

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