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WASH­ING­TON — U.S. Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence walked out of a Na­tional Foot­ball League game on Sun­day af­ter some play­ers knelt dur­ing the na­tional an­them, a form of demon­stra­tion that be­gan last year in silent protest against police vi­o­lence to­ward racial mi­nori­ties.

Pence was at­tend­ing a game in his home state of In­di­ana be­tween the In­di­anapo­lis Colts and the San Fran­cisco 49ers.

When the na­tional an­them was played be­fore the start of the game, some 49ers knelt while some Colts, their arms locked, wore black T­shirts with the words “We Will” on the front and “Stand for equal­ity, jus­tice, unity, re­spect, di­a­logue, op­por­tu­nity” on the back.

“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,” Pence said in a state­ment.

Crit­ics be­gan to ques­tion whether Pence had only at­tended the game in or­der to make a pro­duc­tion of leav­ing.

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