(National Sentinel) America Hate: Vice President Mike Pence and his wife walked out of an NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers early on Sunday after some 49ers players knelt in disrespect of the National Anthem and the American flag.
Pence, a former governor of Indiana, announced his early departure on Twitter, saying he wouldn’t “dignify” the act by remaining a spectator.
Afterward, the VP issued a statement:
I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem. 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. While everyone is entitled to their opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.
The karma is catching up to San Francisco, however: The team is winless through the first five weeks of the season.
The protesting of the flag and the anthem began last year with the team when then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick began taking a knee during the anthem. He claimed he was protesting systematic police brutality against blacks, despite a shocking lack of evidence to support the claim. He left the 49ers after last season and hasn’t been able to land another job in the league yet.
Eric Reid, a 49ers safety who knelt alongside Kaepernick last season, had this to say about Pence’s departure.
“He knew our team has had the most players protest,” he told NBC Sports Bay Area. “He knew that we were probably going to do to it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to a game, he tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”
‘Systemic oppression?’ Mr. Reid, did the vice president suppress your protesting? Did he order you arrested for your actions? Is he having the FBI investigate you or something? Because if he’s not doing any of those things, he’s not oppressing you.
He’s disagreeing with you, and as a fellow American, he has that right.
We would argue that Reid’s comment is what systemic tone-deafness looks like; Americans are tuning out and turning off games because of the protesting. And yet, these millionaire athletes continue to protest as if it’s not affecting their game or their team, for that matter.
Many team owners are no longer tone deaf to this issue. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said any of his players who kneel during the playing of the anthem and “disrespect the flag” won’t be playing on the field.
“We cannot in the NFL in any way give the implication that we tolerate disrespecting the flag,” Jones said. “I know the vice president did leave, because in his opinion the teams were. We know that there is a serious debate in this country about those issues, but there is no question in my mind that the National Football League and the Dallas Cowboys are going to stand up for the flag. Just so we’re clear.
When asked about Pence leaving the Colts game early, Jones said: “I’m saying our vice president, if in his opinion, there’s disrespect of the flag then he should express himself however he wants to say. He’s got rights, too. He felt that not standing for the flag is disrespectful. I do, too. The league in my mind should absolutely take the rules we’ve got on the books and make sure that we do not give the perception that we’re disrespecting the flag.”
Miami Dolphins owner Steve Ross also wants his players to stand for the anthem, and has asked Head Coach Adam Gase to implement a rule that all of his players must also stand for the anthem, which he did.
Most Americans don’t have a problem with players expressing their opinions about political, social, and cultural issues. What they despise is the manner in which players are expressing themselves: Open disrespect of the nation’s anthem and flag, on the field, before each game.
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