Vice President Mike Pence leaves Colts game following anthem protest

Vice President Mike Pence addresses a crowd during his Las Vegas visit

Vice President Mike Pence addresses a crowd during his Las Vegas visit

Vice President Mike Pence left Sunday's game between the San Francisco 49ers and Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium after several San Francisco players knelt during the national anthem. Or maybe it was just an excuse to get out there. Just like that friend that calls you with a fake emergency to get you out of a bad date.

Elsewhere in the National Football League, many teams opted not to continue the protests.

While counts vary, between 15 and 23 players for the 49ers were seen kneeling during the anthem.

The Vice President said he left in objection to an "event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem".

Shortly after several San Francisco 49ers players knelt during their game against the Indianapolis Colts, Pence announced he had left the game.

Political objections show little sign of halting the spread of the protest, and some players have opted to link arms for the anthem in solidarity with those who are kneeling.

But the former governor of IN and his wife, wearing a Manning No 18 jersey, left Lucas Oil Stadium after the national anthem, following instructions from President Donald Trump after a number of San Francisco 49ers players took a knee during the anthem.

He also posted a picture of himself and his wife, Karen, standing during the anthem. "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.

He continued: "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".

Pence has followed President Trump's lead by criticizing players who do not stand for the anthem.

He said he doesn't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the flag and national anthem. Trump tweeted his support of Pence's decision to leave the game Sunday, saying he was "proud".

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