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NFLPA reacts to Mike Pence leaving Colts-49ers game after anthem protest

The NFLPA on Sunday night released a statement in response to Vice President Mike Pence leaving Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts-San Francisco 49ers game at Lucas Oil Stadium after a handful of 49ers players knelt during the national anthem.

NFLPA assistant executive director of external affairs George Atallah issued the statement on behalf of the union via Twitter. The “NFLPA Statement on Players’ Constitutional Rights” reads in part that “We should not stifle these discussions and cannot allow our rights to become subservient to the very opinions our Constitution protects.”

Pence was at the game to attend the retirement of Peyton Manning’s No. 18 jersey and the iconic quarterback’s induction into the team’s Ring of Honor. Pence, however, elected to leave due to the anthem protest, explaining in a statement that he and President Donald Trump “will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem.”

Trump on Sunday afternoon took to Twitter to weigh in on the situation.

Trump took to Twitter again on Monday morning tweeted praise to Pence for his decision.

Trump of course has engaged the NFL in a war of tweets and words in recent weeks over the league’s lack of action on anthem protests. Given Pence’s decision on Sunday — and the NFLPA’s response — there’s no reason to expect the controversy to go away anytime soon.