Another week, another update in the seeming battle between NFL Players and the President of the United States of America. There's a sentence I never really thought that I would write for GiveMeSport.
Shockingly, after being called "Sons of B*****s" by President Donald Trump a couple of weeks ago, NFL players across the league are still protesting injustices and lack of racial equality in the USA, with many still choosing to take a knee during the Star Spangled Banner.
Trump's second in command, Vice President Mike Pence, turned up to the Indianapolis Colts - San Francisco 49ers game on Sunday and left before the game even kicked off, in supposed disgust at the players choice to kneel.
For the second week in a row, the Niners had a row of players kneel with another row of players stood directly behind. On the other side of the field, the Colts wore T-shirts with the words "We Will" on the front and "Stand for equality, justice, unity, respect, dialogue, opportunity" on the back. Their players stood with arms interlocked during the anthem.
After this offended him so much, Pence tweeted out a statement saying he would not "dignify" an attempt that an event that disrespects the flag or soldiers.
He also tweeted out a picture of himself and his wife standing for the anthem...
However, it doesn't look like this was Pence's choice to walk out at all. And it may have been completely pre-planned for him to walk out, with Trump himself taking to social media to say he asked Pence to do it.
49ers safety Eric Reid went after Pence after the game ended, calling the actions of POTUS and the VP "systematic oppression" and a "PR Stunt."
"First of all, does anyone know the last time he's been to a football game?" Reid said after the game. "OK, with that being said, he tweeted out a 3-year-old photo of him at a Colts game. So with the information that I have, the last time he's been to a football game is three years ago. So this looks like a PR stunt to me."
"He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again," Reid added. "This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game in an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that's the assumption I made."
Something to point out, Pence's stunt may have cost the taxpayer around $250,000 in the costs of flying from Vegas to Indianapolis just to walk out and fly straight back out to the west coast.
What a great use of funds.
In a new turn of events, it looks like at least one owner, Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, has turned on his players and listened to Trump.
Let's just wait and see if Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott kneel, then we can see how much Jones actually means it.
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