VP Pence Walks Out of 49ers-Colts Game
The NFL continues its death spiral.
And the team that is now the epicenter of the kneeling controversy hasn’t gotten the memo that other teams seem to have gotten. While on Thursday Night Football, neither team kneeled, the 49ers continued their antics.
Indiana native, Vice President Mike Pence attended the game. And as ESPN reports, the VP walked out on the game as soon as it started.
For the second week in a row, the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling during the national anthem with their hands over their hearts. Teammates stood behind the kneeling players with one hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder and the other over their hearts.
The Colts wore black T-shirts with the words “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity” on the back for the second straight week. The players stood with their arms locked during the anthem.
Pence tweeted a statement in which he said he would not dignify any event that disrespects soldiers, the flag or the anthem.
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
We reported that the NFL owners met with commission Roger Goodell, and most would have bet that the kneeling would be over.
For a guy who’s made over $142 million since taking the helm, his performance sucks. To put his income in perspective, know that Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady made less than HALF what Goodell has made in the same amount of time. Who do you think draws more fans to the game?
Commissioner Roger Goodell, several prominent NFL owners and a handful of players were among the 20 to 30 people at a meeting Tuesday night in New York to discuss players kneeling during the national anthem and other relevant subjects facing the league.
The meeting focused on what the league was going to do moving forward and how to approach player protests, according to New York Giants linebacker and defensive captain Jonathan Casillas, who attended the gathering in Manhattan.
It came after a weekend in which players knelt or locked arms — some didn’t even come out of the locker room — during the anthem. The strong display was in large part a response to President Donald Trump’s recent comments about the league and players who didn’t stand for the anthem.
“You got to see opinions from the owners and from the players as well,” Casillas said. “Stuff like that is very good, very proactive. Thank Trump for saying what he said because without him saying that, (1) the whole league wouldn’t have been so collectively together, (2) we would’ve never had a meeting.”
I’m not sure who called the meeting, but my bet is, the owners.
ESPN reported on other protests in the league at the time of this writing.
Los Angeles Rams: Outside linebacker Robert Quinn raised his right fist in the air and punter Johnny Hekker wrapped his arm around his waist in support before Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, as has been the case for most of this season. A handful of Rams players locked arms last Sunday in Dallas, but that did not appear to be the case this week. — Alden Gonzalez
Oakland Raiders: Running back Marshawn Lynch remained seated during the national anthem prior to Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He was wearing a Raiders beanie and was surrounded by Raiders staff members. Lynch has not said why he has remained seated during the national anthem since joining the Raiders. He wore a t-shirt before last week’s game that read “EVERYBODY -VS- TRUMP.” — Paul Gutierrez
I predict the days of NFL open protests will end soon. As soon as the owners feel it in their wallets, the players will soon thereafter. In the military there is a saying, “Sh*t flows downhill.”