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Pence Walks Out After NFL Flag Insult #TurnOffNFL

Yesterday, Vice President Mike Pence joined the millions of Americans who have decided to #TurnOffNFL after players at the football game he was attending disrespected the National Anthem.

Pence ColtsWhile no Indianapolis Colts players were IDed as kneeling, according to NBC Sports reporter Matt Maiocco, 23 members of the visiting San Francisco 49ers knelt during the Anthem as it was played before Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts vs San Francisco 49ers game. Pence, known as an avid fan of the hometown Indianapolis Colts left the stadium after the demonstration.

Pence tweeted:

I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.

Pence’s press office later issued a longer statement on his behalf saying:

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 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 President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.

What’s ironic about the 49ers protest is that it came on the same day that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started the whole anti-police protest by disrespecting the National Anthem last season, caved-in and said he’d stand during the Anthem if he got back in the NFL.

Kaepernick, a free agent since March, has been on the sidelines with no team willing to pick-up an expensive player with a spotty record and an image that is bad for business.

Interestingly, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay responded on Sept. 23 to President Donald Trump’s comments about the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem, saying he was “troubled by the president’s recent comments about our league and our players.” And this Sunday's controversy came just a week after the Indianapolis Colts players issued a statement trying to justify the protests. The statement said in part:

...as NFL players, we have a platform, And as Americans, we have a responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Our intention was to raise awareness and continue critical conversations about real equality, the injustices against black and brown people, police brutality, respect, unity, and equal opportunity. Our players are hurting, our people are hurting, our neighborhoods are hurting, and kneeling was a direct response to that hurt.

Colts fans were, to say the least unimpressed with the millionaire Colts players’ claims that they are “hurting” and via social media heaped abuse on the players and the ideas underlying the protest.

Among the family friendly sentiments we found, and many weren’t very family friendly, Twitter user @kelduck tweeted:

Former Colts fan. I won’t be back until this Trump hating nonsense stops and the Colts issue an apology.

Likewise, @bbrdnelson88 tweeted:

I was a Long time Colts fan.. Take a knee..Take a hike. #BoycottNFL

And Twitter used @LishKat78 spoke for thousands of NFL ticket buyers when she tweeted:

I don't pay thousands each year 4 season tix 2 watch players protest... please do it on your own time guys. Apprec the passion, not timing

The Colts fans’ disgust about the protests was more than justified; their team is in the cellar, and to make matters worse, the team owner is complaining about being disrespected after his employees insulted his customers?

Today, rooting for one NFL team to beat another is like rooting for Walmart to beat Target, or MSNBC to beat CNN – it’s not about sports – it is merely two giant corporations, mired in political correctness, battling to win the ratings game on TV, nothing more.

We think Vice President Mike Pence was right to take a hike when the 49ers took a knee and the kneeling 49ers, who lost the game 26-23, are now 0-5. What do you think? Tell us by clicking this link to take our NFL vs Trump poll.

We also urge all CHQ readers to take a hard look at any local advertising featuring NFL players and if any ads feature players who disrespect the flag and the national anthem, we urge you to contact the sponsor and demand they drop the player as their spokesman.

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I am not watching any NFL,overpaid premadonas

They're protesting on MY

They're protesting on MY dollar- I pay to watch a GAME- recreation, enterainment- NOT a political position/demonstration. Free-speech on their own time not mine (or the sponsors- it's not "FREE"- the sponsors pay for that air-time) NFL should stand-up (Like NBA & NASCAR).
Who's the boss?? Well, we are, the US citizens who protest the players unpatriotic actions & boycott the NFL & any sponsors that continue to support the (under-inflated balls) NFL.

Right on Mike Pence you did

Right on Mike Pence you did the alright in my book.