“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.”

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana–  Vice President Mike Pence tweeted Sunday that abruptly left  the Indianapolis Colts game against the San Francisco 49ers due to protests during the National Anthem. The President said he asked him to leave if the flag was disrespected.

Colts players did not participate in the demonstration but a number of San Francisco players knelt.

The Vice President tweeted the following:

Pence tweeted this statement:

“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 at 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.”

Pence was in Indianapolis to honor Peyton Manning.