NFL Kneelers Hypocrisy On ‘Disrespecting Views’ [Cartoon]

Brian Thomas reports that Vice President Mike Pence attended Sunday’s game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, but left shortly after things got underway in disgust.

While the National Anthem played before kickoff, at least 20 49ers players took a knee. The Vice President later took to Twitter to say “I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

Pence added that “everyone is entitled to their own opinions,” but the NFL should at least ask players to show respect during the National Anthem.

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

The Washington Examiner reports:

According to reports from the game, at least 20 members of the San Francisco 49ers took a knee during the national anthem.

The team has been the center of controversy for about a year after former quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality and racism.

Since President Trump has taken an interest in the issue, tweeting about it numerous times since the beginning of the NFL season. The protests have since morphed into a sort of anti-Trump protest, in addition to their previous motivations.

Pence later said this is not the time to make such protests in statement was tweeted in a graphic design.

Protesting during the National Anthem certainly is disrespectful. And it certainly isn’t “the time to make such protests.” There are numerous more productive ways to get something done than to disregard and disrespect the National Anthem and the flag.

Pence announced that he would travel to Indianapolis from Las Vegas to attend the game and take part in the mayor’s faith initiative unity prayer walk. He said he’d be cheering for the Colts.

No Colts players knelt during the game, but many 49ers did. As the 49ers knelt, Colts players stood arm in arm.

The NFL, trying to keep the controversy that has devastated their ratings to a minimum, made no comment on the VP’s actions.