Pence flew across America to see the game featuring the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers, whose then-quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, began the kneeling protests which have developed into a widespread statement of opposition to police brutality.
Speaking at the rally, the American president drew loud cheers and chants of "USA, USA, USA" when he said fans should "leave the stadium" when it happens because it shows "disrespect of our heritage".
The Colts were hosting the 49ers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, capital of in, where Pence was governor prior to joining the Republican presidential ticket in 2016 as Donald Trump's running mate. "With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year-old photo of him at a Colts game".More news: Gillian Anderson won't be back after X-Files' 11th season
"Even if everyone has the right to his opinion, I don't think this is too much to ask to the players of the NFL to respect the flag and our national anthem ", he added. "He's fired. He's fired, '" Trump said.
One 49ers player took offense to Pence's reaction after the Colts' 26-23 overtime victory. This is what systemic oppression looks like - a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. "He knew that we were probably going to do to it again". Pence tweeted he didn't want to "dignify" the protest. His exit came after a whirlwind few days in which Pence visited Puerto Rico, St. Croix to survey hurricane damage, and Las Vegas to comfort victims of the mass shooting from a week ago. This was later corrected to reflect that Kaepernick did not discuss future plans regarding the national anthem with CBS.
More than a dozen players from the San Francisco 49ers knelt during the anthem, while members of Mr Pence's home team, the Indianapolis Colts, linked arms in solidarity.