More than 20 players on the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem before their game with the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Vice President Mike Pence responded with his own protest . . . he walked out.
Pence tweeted a statement, explaining his move. "While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem. I stand with @POTUS Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem."
The 49ers who took a knee had their hands over their hearts, while their teammates who chose to stand . . . had one hand on their kneeling teammate's shoulder and the other over their hearts.
The Colts also staged a peaceful protest . . . wearing black T-shirts with "We Will" on the front and "Sand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity" on the back. They stood with their arms locked with their fellow teammates during the anthem. (ESPN)