An Indianapolis sports activities columnist accused Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceDems face shut polls in must-win Virginia Report: Trump administration officers urged livid Tillerson to not give up Authorities get well 47 firearms in reference to Las Vegas shooter MORE of utilizing a Colts recreation to stage a political occasion after Pence walked out of the sport over soccer gamers kneeling in the course of the nationwide anthem.
Gregg Doyel wrote in a column for the Indianapolis Star that Pence had staged the walk-out because the Colts performed towards the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and that “Pence knew” gamers can be kneeling.
“What, you assume he didn’t know the 49ers would kneel on Sunday? Pence knew. The 49ers are the one franchise, the one franchise, which have had at the very least one participant kneel earlier than each recreation since Colin Kaepernick was the primary to do it within the 2016 preseason,” Doyel wrote. “Kaepernick performed for the 49ers, in fact.”
Doyel additionally famous that reporters following Pence have been advised to remain in a van outdoors the sport “as a result of Pence wouldn’t be there lengthy.”
NBC Information reporter Vaughn Hillyard, one of many pool reporters with Pence, tweeted that reporters have been informed to remain in a van outdoors the sport as a result of Pence “might depart the sport early.”
As media pool has been made conscious, a staffer advised pool that VPOTUS might depart the sport early. Didn’t point out how early. https://t.co/G1f2WljJAW
— Vaughn Hillyard (@VaughnHillyard) October eight, 2017
The columnist additionally questioned how a lot in taxpayer cash was spent on the political stunt.
“He traveled right here together with his traditional contingent of aides and bodyguards, and he didn’t fly standby on Delta. Chew on that for only a minute,” Doyel wrote.
Pence tweeted Sunday that he left the sport after seeing NFL gamers kneel through the anthem.
I left at present’s Colts recreation as a result of @POTUS and I can’t dignify any occasion that disrespects our troopers, our Flag, or our Nationwide Anthem.
— Vice President Pence (@VP) October eight, 2017
President Trump later tweeted that he had requested Pence to go away the stadium “if any gamers kneeled, disrespecting our nation.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October eight, 2017
Pence’s early departure got here after Trump started attacking NFL gamers who kneel in the course of the anthem final month. He stated any participant that kneels is a “son of a bitch” and stated house owners ought to hearth any gamers that participate within the demonstration.
Trump additionally referred to as for individuals to stroll out of NFL video games in the event that they noticed any protestors kneeling.