Colin Kaepernick may be willing to stand and relax his ‘principles’ if he plays in the NFL.
But Vice President Mike Pence isn’t willing to relax his.
The Vice President who went to an Indianapolis Colts vs. San Francisco 49ers game on the same day that Colin Kaepernick’s statement that he would stand if on an NFL team was reported.
Pence was very firm in the statement he made about his actions.
“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.
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.— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
At a time when so many Americans are inspiring our nation with their courage, resolve, and resilience...— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
...now, more than ever, we should rally around our Flag and everything that unites us...— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
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— Vice President Pence (@VP) October 8, 2017
And he included a picture.
Several 49ers players reportedly knelt for the anthem on Sunday in Indianapolis.
It was Kaepernick, who while a quarterback for the 49ers, started the protests of the kneeling during the national anthem at football games.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora on Sunday, Kaepernick has been living in New York and working out privately in New Jersey with the hope of signing with a team this season.
Most media is reporting that Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem last season to bring more attention to the killings of black men by police officers.
But Kaepernick himself said that he did it deliberately because he would not stand for a flag and a country that was oppressive.
More people protested this past month after President Donald Trump criticized the kneelers and repeatedly said that the owners should fire or suspend the kneelers.
In the past month, since this second round of protests started, the NFL has taken a big ratings hit.
They also have taken a big hit to their favorability ratings, particularly in the core of their base, men from 34-54. The favorable rating among that group went from 73% to 43%, a 31% drop. But it wasn’t only this core base, the NFL was down across all categories of consumer.
The owners know they have a problem.
Right now they’re still trying to play both ends against the middle, assuaging the players with comments about social justice and calming the fans telling them that the players didn’t really mean offense to the flag, the country and our soldiers.
But the fans aren’t really buying it, as some players still continue to protest.
So expect the bleed out to continue until the owners find the cost too counter-productive….