Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game after players took part in an act of demonstration during the national anthem, leading critics to call the move an orchestrated stunt in order to galvanize anti-black supporters of Donald Trump.
No one on the Colts' side protested during the anthem, opting to stand with linked arms.
Mr. Trump most recently suggested team owners are reluctant to address players' protests because they're "afraid" of their players. NBC News' Vaughn Hillyard tweeted that the media pool was kept in vans and was not allowed to follow Pence into the stadium.
Pence claimed earlier Sunday that he was attending the game in appreciation of the long-serving Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who was being honored with a statue at the stadium and a symbolic "retirement" of his number in honor of his achievements in the sport. The decision to kneel is out of protest against systemic racial injustice and police brutality. Pence issued a public statement nearly immediately afterward, saying he did not want to "dignify" the game and the act of protest.
However, a few hours later he updated his Twitter saying that he left the game following the display during the national anthem. Pence first picture - tweet - is not even close to his second picture showing him standing during the anthem.
Though Kaepernick led San Francisco to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season - and had one of his best statistical seasons a year ago despite his 1-10 record as a starter - other teams chose to sign quarterbacks with less impressive statistics.
"Just got a message from @Kaepernick7 who says he has not discussed with anyone his plans in the event he is signed by an National Football League team", Bryant wrote.
"Following the chaos, scandals and repeated failures of Donald Trump's administration, it's no surprise that Vice President Mike Pence is heading to California to court congressional Republicans and high-dollar donors in preparation for his 2020 bid for the White House", according to Vedant Patel of the DNC.