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Monday, 09 October 2017 20:30

Loyalty to Trump thrusts Pence deeper into NFL controversy

Written by  Abby Phillip

Vice President Pence is no fair-weather Indiana Colts fan. He routinely attended the team’s games as governor and in his five terms as a congressman from Indiana, even attending the Super Bowl to cheer them on twice.

For weeks, he had plans on the books to be at another big Colts game this past Sunday, where former quarterback Peyton Manning would have his number retired and be inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.

Until President Trump intervened.

Pence and Trump spoke by phone over the weekend about the vice president’s plans to travel home for the game, according to a White House aide, and the decision was made that if players knelt, he would head for the exits.

As the national anthem played, Pence rose with his hand to his heart. On the field, players from the opposing team, the San Francisco 49ers, were kneeling as they had for virtually every game this season to protest racial injustice. When it was over, as he had been asked to do by the president, Pence turned and left the game.

Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel during the national anthem before playing the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 8 (Michael Conroy/AP) Read more at WashingtonPost

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