The Indianapolis Colts were honoring legendary quarterback Peyton Manning on Sunday, but that event was dwarfed by what would happen.
In attendance at the game was former Indiana governor, vice president Mike Pence, who made the trip to see Manning be honored.
However, the vice president would not be there long. Moments after the anthem, Pence and the Second Lady left the game, citing the disrespect towards America as the reason why.
“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.”
Many have criticized Pence for having this opinion, and are claiming that the whole thing was a publicity stunt. San Francisco Safety Eric Reid said that Pence “knew our team has had the most players protest,” and “he knew that we were probably going to do to it again.”
During his postgame interview, Reid says that “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”
According to millionaire athlete Eric Reid, systemic oppression is when the vice president calls for Americans to respect the anthem. Systemic oppression is someone tweeting an opinion about how we should respect the flag.
Moments after his departure from the stadium, president Trump offered his support on twitter, as did his son Eric Trump, calling Pence “an amazing man” for standing up for the flag, and the anthem.
In the wake of last week’s horrendous act of terror in Las Vegas you’d think players would attempt to put politics aside, and unite behind our country. Unfortunately, when people think a tweet is “systemic oppression” we shouldn’t expect much change.