In a post on social media, Pence confirmed he had left after the protest took place, missing the game, because he believed the actions of the players disrespected the flag. A number of players followed Kaepernick's lead by taking a knee during the anthem past year.
No Colts players knelt during the anthem prior to the game in Indianapolis but the 49ers had more than 20 players kneeling with their hands over their hearts for the second straight week. On Sunday, the vice-president of the United States has left a match of american football in response to the attitude of many players who had knelt during the national anthem, the subject of controversy initiated by the american president Donald Trump several weeks ago.
Pence, who was attending the match between San Francisco 49ers and his home team, the Indianapolis Colts tweeted upon his exit that he "will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem".
The Vice President said he left in objection to an "event that disrespects our soldiers, our flag and our national anthem".
But after the story began making headlines, La Canfora backtracked tweeting, "Standing for Anthem wasn't something that I spoke to Colin about".
He said he doesn't think it's too much to ask NFL players to respect the flag and national anthem.
Kaepernick has not denied La Canfora's claim outright but he has been retweeting the assertions of others who have responded to the CBS sport reporter.
The president has been railing into the NFL over the league's tolerance of the sustained demonstration. Even conservative owners like the Dallas Cowboys' Jerry Jones and the Washington Redskins' Dan Snyder (who gave $1 million to Trump's campaign) took the field to participate, arguably diluting the protests' meaning. Trump has bashed the form of protest calling it disrespectful to the flag and veterans.
The White House also issued a statement from Pence, in which he says Americans should rally around the flag.
His departure came after players from the visiting San Francisco 49ers did not stand during the anthem before the game against the Indianapolis Colts.
"Wait", Schatz wrote on Twitter, This was orchestrated to make a point?