INDIANAPOLIS -- Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen left the Indianapolis Colts game immediately following the National Anthem after the 49ers took a knee.
"I left today's Colts game because @POTUS and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem," Pence tweeted after he left.
The White House announced Friday that Pence and his wife, Karen, would be attending the game where Peyton Manning's jersey would be retired at halftime. Manning will also be inducted into the Ring of Honor.
Before the game started, Pence tweeted that he was "looking forward to cheering for our Colts and the great career of No. 18 Peyton Manning."
The White House released the following statement from Pence after he left the game.
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 a 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.