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NFL Anthem Drama: Pence Walks Out and the Cowboys Stand Up


Vice President Mike Pence got up and walked out of Sunday’s NFL game between the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers when more than 20 of the San Francisco players knelt during the national anthem. In tweets after the game, both Pence and President Trump made their feelings on the protesting players clear.

“I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country,” Trump said. “I am proud of him and @secondLady Karen.”

Pence himself said, “@POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

The walkout drew widespread criticism from the leftist media and the protesting players, of course. 49ers safety Eric Reid accused the vice president of using the game as a publicity stunt.

“First of all, does anybody know the last time he went to a football game?” Reid asked on Twitter. “With that being said, he tweeted out a three-year old photo from the Colts game. With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me.

“He knew our team has had the most players protest,” Reid continued. “He knew we were probably going to do it again. And so 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. Again, based on the information I have, that’s the assumption that I made.”

Really? If THIS is what “systemic oppression looks like,” then can we all move on from this conversation? Because if THAT is all this is about – a vice president walking out because he doesn’t like to see the flag disrespected – then this movement is even sillier and more trivial than we thought. Reid was actually making some decent points about it being a PR stunt, but he shredded his credibility with that comment. Although if you’ve ever gotten a close look at what groups like Black Lives Matter “demand” from universities and politicians, then you’ll notice that Reid’s definition of “systemic oppression” is not the most ridiculous thing these idiots believe.

So we won’t expect to see cogent arguments from the players who kneel for the national anthem, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has restored our faith in the fact that there remains at least SOME sanity in the NFL. In comments on Sunday, Jones said he would not tolerate acts of shameful disrespect from his players.

“If there is anything that is disrespectful to the flag then we will not play,” he told reporters. “If we are disrespecting the flag, then we won’t play. Period. Period. We’re going to respect the flag. And we have […] Under no circumstances will the Dallas Cowboys – I don’t care what happens – under no circumstances as an organization or as coaches and players not support and stand and recognize and honor the flag.”

Mic. Drop.

We’d love to see more owners join Jones in this patriotic stand for America. Let’s see if any of them have the guts to do it.

  • cathy floyd

    The only reason that they would change their stance now is strictly money,they will do whatever it takes to keep the fans. It wouldn’t be because they love their country,they have already made it clear how they really feel,it matters little now what they do,for,they have shown us all just how low they really are and pandering to save face is useless.

    • peanut butter

      Yeah, I think they have already made their bed. Patriotism, real or feigned, will not save them now. They have shown their true colors, and they are not Red, White and Blue.

    • emag

      They also have started raising their fists!
      Great! More fans leaving. We’re sick of these multi-millionaire ‘victims’!

  • Carolyn Thibodaux

    Proud of the stance of our government leaders; Dems just don’t get it! They have let so many chances go by to prove they will work with out president. It’s been a rough road for the president due to the acrimony; however, he’s doing a great job!

    • emag

      So these multi-millionaires really feel oppressed, huh?
      What idiots. They are killing the Golden Goose. More and more fans say “I don’t need this crap, good bye”, including me. I don’t need to be insulted and as a Vet be disrespected by these prima donnas. What Jerks!

      • Jackie Malcolm

        Good for you, Carolyn!!! We need more football bans possess your attitude and pride in our country and our flag.

    • Larry Coleman


      I am also proud of our Vice President and his wife for walking out…I am a black conservative and I hate these ignorant black players/thugs because that what they really are…I voted for our beloved President Trump and I’m going to help remove some of these idiots in Washington come 2018 and 2020…GOD Bless America…

      • Jean D. Reynier

        Larry, Thank You…You make all of us proud, I feel exactly the same way.. WE NOW have the Best President EVER!!!!! Yes, God Bless America

        • angel


      • Richard S.

        God bless you.

      • Jo Melcher

        Good for you, I feel the same way, let’s vote them out!

  • Charles Covington

    This is going to go over really big in 2018, these communists bastards, are going to get destroyed again.

    • Joseph Nicholas Toth Jr.

      I certainly hope so !

      • Dale P Patterson

        Me too.

  • Beachlover17

    Reid don’t flatter yourself, He did not go their to see the 49ers, he went there because the Colts were retiring Peyton Manning’s jersey and since he is the former governor of Indiana he seems appropriate. No one goes to watch the 49er’s anymore you haven’t been good for many years. Used to be a 49er’s fan but not for at least 10 years or so. Don’t miss the 9er’s at all. Another disappointing season on the rise.

  • ray2hill

    And none of the other fans followed him. Doesen’t that tell you something? The score is one to everyone else. Trump/Pence are not winning this game.

    • conc11111

      Yes they are,look at the rateings.good bye nfhell.

    • Aussieone Point Oh

      Your kidding right.

  • Cadfael

    Time to eminent domain those stadiums and turn them into hot dog stands, at least they’ll serve a real purpose, make money, and what is more American than hot dogs?

  • Dave Fischer

    Plain & Simple….FUCK THE KNEELERS, FUCK THE BALLS LESS OWNERS, and fuck anyone who disrespects our country in any manner……NOW, they want equality? Not during the 8 previous years? WHY? Because they are full of shit……thats why! If they want Equality, then give up their million dollar salaries and join the rest of us struggling on $8 to $10 an hour….THAT’s equality….

    • got my licence

      I was thinking that I’ve been oppressed. So where do I sign to get my 2.5 mill? Funny, I thought that working hard, paying my bills and providing a home for my wife and children was the way, but I guess every time someone told me no, I was being oppressed.

      • Diana Hughes Clayton

        AND, if you make a big deal about being oppressed at work,YOU”RE FIRED! They should be fired, protest on your own time.

    • Donald Riviere

      DAMN straight Dave, you tell these jackasses brother !!!!!!!!

    • Larry Coleman


      You nailed it…Why Now??? and they worshipped that black tyranny couple in the White House and never uttered a word, [you know, obama and michael] now they want to pull this crap…Don’t worry Dave…I am a black a conservative and I only support true Americans, not these black tattoo thugs and spineless owners…

      I guess the Satanist and Globalist have given them their marching orders because I find it hard to believe these ignorant players could organize like this, but they are about to learn that what they have done cannot simply be undone with an apology…It is far too late for that now!!!…This is only the beginning NFL, NBA, and anyone else that doesn’t honor our Flag and country…

      We are going to break you down by not ever supporting you again….I will never support the NFL or NBA ever again…Nascar racing and other family hobbies are starting to look very attractive to me now and I really mean it…Its over for them…Thank you Mr President Trump for standing up to them…

      • Jo Melcher

        AMEN! You are 100% right!

  • conc11111

    They don’t understand,they think they can just go back to how it was,but they showed us who they are and now we can’t go back to the haters nfl trash.TO LATE!

    • Aussieone Point Oh

      Yep like when you find out your wife has cheated, you can never look at her the same way.

  • Cookie Vranish

    Pence and Trump are correct! If any of them are acting out, just leave.

  • cathylovesyou

    Black Morons in the NFL, Al Sharpton Black Mailer. 70 % of the Players are Black and 90% of the fans and attendees are White ???? Now youngsters not you creepo Al, Boxing was a big draw from the early 1900;s until the 1970’s when Black Boxers started to dominate the sport. The sport went down the tubes and just until recently it has been making a modest come back due to Russian Boxers. If you alienate your fans like you have the same could happen. (Soccer is getting bigger) Baseball back to number one pass time. Can you understand any of what I am talking about. I don’t care how you act it just keeps undoing what accomplishments have been achieved since the 60’s. So keep it up and your Grandchildren will be up to the same old Jesse and Al show that you suckers have been sucked into. Try getting positive on life what you have and what a great country you live in. Everyone has their story so take yours off your sleeve, it is a BIG NEGATIVE. Cheers. .

  • ch

    So Eric, your kneeling is not a political stunt? Of course it is and you know it. What VP Pence did was show you his disdain for your actions against our flag, anthem and veterans as other prior NFL goers are doing. I hope every seat in the stadium is empty–and it should be.
    Take your political grandstanding elsewhere. You are employees and your employers are losing big time. When they lose, you will lose. Who do you think pays your salaries–we the public–and we are done with your bullshit


    As Liberals do, at every move President Trump or Vice President Pence makes, they find the negative to dwell on. Nobody seemed to notice how much money Geo. Bush spent when he flew in to a Nascar race only to leave as soon as the National Anthem was played nor how the Obama parasites spent every penny they could sypher out of the taxpayer . Nor have the media mentioned that President Trump pays his own way when they criticize him for playing a game of golf.
    No game tickets for me and no purchases from their TV sponsors!

  • disqus_dBIe0mKo35

    People I implore you to go read the Constitution before you go falling for any of this bull shit from the Whitehouse. I love my country as much as the next man but understand this is all a PR stunt by the Whitehouse. Stop being Sheeple

    • DonCentTX

      So what? Still a good move by VP Pence, either way!!!

    • John

      So, who started this kneeling business? Was that bringing politics to the playing field? Was that a PR stunt?

  • For the moment forget what the President and Vice President say about the flag… dating myself at 66 years I remember back in grade school when we still said the Pledge of Allegiance – if you didn’t stand and put your right hand over your heart you were booed out of the room. This is our country. If you don’t like something, you don’t disrespect it, you vote to change it. There are way too many people in America today that think they are Americans but they’re just New World Order puppets who ate too many un-eatable cookies.

  • Ron

    Sorry, Mr. Jones…Too little, too late. During Veterans Day Weekend (9-13 November) there will be a TOTAL nationwide boycott of the NFL…EMPTY stadiums, ZERO TV ratings. Spread the word!!!

  • Jesustheonlyway

    Anarchy rules these delusional misfits that call themselves the NFL.

  • peanut butter

    They are all getting in line to stop this disrespect since they fear losing government subsidies. It’s still kind of like they are getting paid to stop. But by stopping for money, it tends to delegitimize their seriousness about their cause. It’s all about the money. As long as they are getting paid, they will put their ’cause’ on the back burner. BLM doesn’t seem so important to them now.

  • phil62

    Thank You VP Pence! The thing that really makes me mad the more I think of it is the total two-faced disrespect these jerks have. They want to trample on the American Flag when it is not even close to where the problem lies, but then they ALL insist that the Flag be lowered to half mast to pay respect to the horrors of Las Vegas. HOW DO YOU JERKS WANT IT? Do you want to do away with the flag or do you want to continue showing allegiance to the symbol that stands for all who have died and been maimed for life for our country.

  • phil62

    I was small as a child and teenager and back in my high school time you had to be a Roman or Greek god in order to play football, basketball and baseball, so I did neither. I lived for 23 years never watching or caring about either of the three sports. Then I got hooked on the NO Saints with Archie at the wheel and now I love to watch College baseball and softball. As a result of this debacle by these “poor unfortunate” players I have once again lost my taste for Pro football. I have only watched the Saints a couple times. I only hope that this crap does not fall over into the college ranks. If it does then sports will be out of a lot of people’s lives. Maybe that would be a good thing. If there were as many people standing up and shouting for God and Jesus then they would not be worried about being so “oppressed”.

  • Paul

    Did your mom or dad aver make you apologize for something when you were a child? Did you always mean it?

  • patd

    The idiot player said that the VP was using the game as a publicity stunt? WTF aren’t the ignorant idiot oxygen thieving feral animal libturds using the game as a publicity stunt? Can’t fix STUPID with libturds but they love their liars and criminals!!! No more national felon league for me!!!!

  • Dee

    SOOO PROUD OF PENCE !! We Must Continue Our BOYCOTT !! These are just Bums who will Never Be Satisfied with All their Benefits from this country !! Most of these people have More Benefits than you and I .


    This is such CONFUSED situation. What number of these people actually know what they are doing?

  • viking nation

    I agree I also am proud of our government leaders. I my self when seeing them on TV turn the NFL off if I see them taking a knee or linking arms during our national anthem.

  • boydasmith

    This guy Reid is a certified lunatic if he actually believes that Mike Pence walking-out on his ‘cry-baby-protest’ of our national-anthem is ‘systematic-oppression’. It’s unbelievable that someone is willing to pay oodles of money to these nut-jobs?.

  • Joseph R. Davis

    Thank you, VP Whats-your-name, for advancing President S**t-Bird’s crusade against the NFL’s protesting players. Who, I might add, have a perfect right to protest in the manner in which they did.

    • phil62

      They have the right to protest, but they are using the wrong tool for their agenda. I believe totally that Black people are abused by SOME of this countries police, but that has not got a thing to do with the Flag. If they are going to protest then protest police brutality. As for you, if you hate this country so much then leave it. There is a whole unfree 3rd world country out there where you would fit in perfectly.

      • Joseph R. Davis

        Kiss my veteran’s Army Green a**, LeeRoy. They have a right to protest, period!

      • Joseph R. Davis

        Seriously, LeeRoy, where did you peckerwoods, rednecks and crackers come up with this constant, and inane, bull-s**t about hating America? Beck & Limbaugh?

    • Vote for Truth

      So does V.P. Pence have a right to protest the way he did!

  • Joseph R. Davis

    Come on, all you right wingers who love flag-waving and singing, more than the Constitution and the rights it guarantees. Sing along with me!

    Die Fahne hoch! Die Reihen fest geschlossen!

    Trumpeteers marschiert mit ruhig festem Schritt.

    • John

      See you know the words. Figures for a DemoNazi.
      Constitutional rights are one thing. This is another. Players are in their work uniforms, representing their employers. They have every right to express their opinion, just not at the office. Employers would be in their right to discipline/fire employees who were causing disruption to the Company by their conduct on Company time, or for offending customers, by expressing political views.

    • jerry

      Joseph, you must have missed Johns’ response. Pretty sure he is correct. Especially since the NFL and Team owners can now show any loss of revenue. Even advertisers can take a shot at these thugs. (do not mean that literally)

    • phil62

      Do you really have any idea what the Flag represents? Have you ever taken the time out of your busy schedule of hatred to read the history and flag etiquette? I doubt it! If you did you would not be so dense. Do the lives of millions of Americans of ALL races that died and still suffer today mean NOTHING to you so your ignorant butt can have the freedom to rant and rave? People like you make me sick. You are entitled to your opinion but that does not mean I have to agree with it. So, please tell me what the hell this has to do with Hitler and WWll Germany. If you don’t like OUR Constitution, the Flag, the Anthem, the 4th of July, Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day then get the hell out of OUR country and go to Canada; they have always accepted losers.

      • Joseph R. Davis

        Do YOU have any idea, LeeRoy what the CONSTITUTION represents?

      • Joseph R. Davis

        I trump (as in cards) your rant and raving, LeeRoy, with but one word; CONSTITUTION. Apparently the far right has little association with, or understanding of, the Constitution. Such a pity.

  • Jr1776

    Good American that man Pence !

  • Ron Dapo

    That’s why there called America’s team. I challenge (ALL) other coaches in the NFL to get a spine show some balls and do the same.
    There are NO excuses not to!!!!!!!!!

  • Donald Johnston

    Numbers speak volumes. Fan boycott. Sponsor boycott. Cancel tax exemption status. Take away government subsidies. Bye NFL. Anheuser Busch/Budweiser has a hotline number to call expressing your opinion of their continued support and advertising of the NFL.
    I 800 342-5283 Make the call….I did. It’s all about the numbers in reaching the biggest Market for advertising dollars spent.

  • Jean Forbes

    I think Eric Reed is the one who uses this as a publicity stunt. Disgusting behavior!!

  • Patti Luis

    Players aren’t gonna win this one.The boycott will go on till they learn we are in America and we stand for our Flag you don’t than leave our America your not worth saving

  • BO

    Eric Reid is an asshole. Just what does this arrogant guy think his fellow players are doing when they kneel during the National Anthem? A publicity stunt! I eagerly look forward to the league imposing a new rule that requires them all to stand and respect our flag, our country, our people in all our armed services, our country, during the National Anthem…or be benched. I HOPE fined, too!! That’s the only area where they are concerned; their bank account. What should happen is they should be required to serve 6 months in basic training!!

    • Richard S.

      Eric Reid is lower than a snake in the grass.

  • Drberlat

    An absolute disgrace these over paid snow flakes exhibit when they disgrace the flag so many of my brothers in arms have who sacrificed life and limb for our country! An overpaid worthless lot of spoiled NFL players disrespecting our flag, the military and our fallen heroes! As a Vietnam veteran, US Army, I’m appalled at the actions of these NFL snowflakes! Fire every one of them, tear up their contracts and let them dig ditches for a living! Scum the lot of them, most too stupid to have a real job trying to make ends meet like average Americans sacrifice to attend these traitors games! Take up a real cause like the senseless murders occurring daily in armpits like Chicago! In the military we served and fought together and there were losses and skin color didn’t make any difference, we were all brothers in arms and the pain of those losses was felt by all! Vice President Pence did the right thing, an honorable gesture by an honorable man! I’ll never watch or support the NFL again, they can go pound sand for I care!

  • WatchDoggy

    He’s almost as big an anal orifice as his boss!

  • Ted Duke

    “…49ers safety Eric Reid accused the vice president of using the game as a publicity stunt.” As if kneeling for the Anthem in violation of NFL Rules wasn’t a publicity stunt.”

  • ray2hill

    Exactly how many football fans walked out wit Pence? None? I’m not surprised, Trump/Pence 0; NFL 1 That’s the score.

  • Kenneth Cole

    Jones said that it the beginning and he got down on his knee while locked arm and arm with the Boys then they stood for the anthem but kept their arms locked together so I don’t trust him any more ether so we just have to wait and see.

  • GuardianFlame

    Hooray for the Dallas Cowboys owner! Atleast he has smarts and Patriotism! Let’s see what other owner follows suit. If they don’t like the SFR 49ers, boycott them. And if they still disrespect our flag, boycott with public display, tweets, emails to the owners, etc. Then there is the last resort: rent a billboard off the 5 Freeway in Cali by Frisco and “shame” those bastards with their clown faces kissing their own butts.

    Enough is enough of these anti-American actions. If they don’t like America, GET THE HELL OUT! 49ers, YOU pathetic clowns can live in another country!

  • Nikita63

    TOM BRADY AND ROBERT KRAFT! HAVE YOU LESS LOVE FOR THE COUNTRY THAN JERRY JONES WITH A TEAM ILL NAMED , THE PATRIOTS?. As a fan since the AFL debut in 1960, just thought I;d ask but it will be the last thing I ever say to either of you as the disabled Vietnam Vet I am appalled at your show of “solidarity,” against every value tradition and freedom we who serve in a different uniform from YOURS

  • RSM

    The players and owners just don’t get it. They are disrespecting the very people they depend on. Who wants to pay to be subjected to a protest?

    How many of us would pay to see a movie if theater employees felt entitled to lecture the audience before the movie?
    For liberals – saying it makes it so, like ” I said it is not disrespect – so it’s not!” Doublespeak is part of their echo chamber.
    What can you expect from people who do not understand when their own liberal heroes patronize and disrespect them?
    In a speech to supporters who were small business owners, Obama dismissed their hard work – telling them if they had a small business, they did not build it – “someone else did that!” And the fools applauded!
    They probably never wondered where that “someone else” was when they were working long hours 7 days a week for years, struggling to pay bills, meet payroll, etc.
    Last spring, Obama gave a speech to a group of black college students. He said success is just a matter of luck, not hard work or perseverance. He classified hard work an perseverance as ‘lies’. Golly! Are they motivated now?

  • Robert Uda

    NFL Free Speech and Expression

    In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his blackout to avoid glare and made him take it off.
    In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.
    In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said “Know Jesus Know Peace” but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.
    In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing “Find the Cure” eye black for breast cancer awareness.
    In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem…)
    In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.
    In 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
    So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression all of a sudden…

    If you want to have free speech, fire this totalitarian commissioner, Roger Goodie-Goodie:

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  • Robert Uda

    These very stupid NFL Commissioner, Team Owners, Coaches, and Players are doing the following:

    1. Biting the hand that feeds them
    2. Killing the Golden Goose
    3. Shooting themselves in the foot
    4. Maintaining an elitist attitude
    5. Thinking they are in the right, but they are on the wrong side of history
    6. Thinking they are all-powerful
    7. Thinking that we the fans owe them
    8. Thinking that everyone loves them
    9. Looking at a gift horse in the mouth
    10. Thinking that they know better than the rest of us

    Major mistakes, which will bring down the National Foolsball League (NFL). You rich dolts have awaken a sleeping giant, and you will regret if for the rest of your miserable lives. Only one way to recover: Humble yourselves, show contriteness, and apologize from the heart and swear never to make another similar stupid mistake again. This must be done on national television with the commissioner, all team owners, all coaches, and all players giving a truly felt mea culpa to all Americans that you have offended, and we expect to see a lot of weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Learn from Tim Tibow and Alejandro Villanueva, two great human beings who just happen to be football players.

    Now, we know you are too proud and too much of highbrows ever to contrite yourselves and beg for forgiveness. So, you have made your bed, and now sleep in it, losers! You all are too stupid to know that the American people are a very forgiving people. However, your pride and stupidity will hold you back from ever doing the right thing for once in your miserable lives.


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  • jesusknight

    Apparently what the players were doing was not a political ‘stunt’… yeah, right, if anyone believes that, they need help!

  • garth wilkins

    Jerry Jones is my new sports hero. God bless his stance. As a Vietnam vet, Jerry is a true American. I hope other team owners have the courage to stand with Mr. Jones. Why in hell would we let overpaid, spoiled, selfish, professional (I guess) cry babies suggest that we the American people should except players who disrespect our country? We lost 134 REAL men in Nam and you think you have a right to disrespect our country by taking a knee. Good luck you overpaid asses. You have destroyed a great American pastime for me and many others. Go protest the Clinton’s. You PLAY a GAME, get it?