Mike Pence left Sunday’s 49ers-Colts NFL game in Indianapolis over protesting that took place during the national anthem.

For the second week in a row, the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling during the national anthem with their hands over their hearts. Teammates stood behind the kneeling players with one hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder and the other over their hearts.

The Colts wore black T-shirts with the words “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back for the second straight week. The NFL players stood with their arms locked during the anthem.

Vice president Pence tweeted that he would not dignify any event that disrespects soldiers, the flag or the anthem.



Pence had been in Indianapolis as part of the celebration of Peyton Manning and his induction into the Colts’ Ring of Honor during Sunday’s game.


Mike Pence