49ers Player: Pence’s Walkout on Colts Game “Is What Systemic Oppression Looks Like”

San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid criticized Vice President Pence’s walkout during the 49ers game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Reid, one of the players to kneel with then-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the national anthem to protest racial inequality last year, told reporters that the Vice President likely knew that players from his team would kneel during the anthem.

“So this looks like a PR stunt to me. He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.

“This is what systemic oppression looks like,” he said about the walkout. “A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple of things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts. Based on the information I have, that’s the assumption I’ve made.”

Vice President Pence walked out of the game after a group of 49ers knelt during the national anthem.

“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,” Pence wrote on Twitter. “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.”

“I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.”

From August, the favorable view of the NFL has dropped from 73% to 42% among men between the age of 35-54, according to The Winston Group poll. Football has the highest unfavorable rating out of all major sports.

A Rasmussen poll done at the end of September showed that 34% of people were less likely to watch the NFL because of the national anthem protests.


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  1. Monsieur de Comte Beaujangles

    October 10, 2017 at 6:29 pm


  2. LibertarianX

    October 10, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I don’t get it. Just how did VP Pence anyone by leaving? Or is he required to stay after your protest of whatever you are protesting?

  3. Plato

    October 10, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Yep. Systematic oppression is when men disrespect the nation as a whole, and the VP doesn’t stick around to watch a bunch of millionaires throw a ball around

  4. Texaner in London

    October 10, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    Yeah, a bunch of multimillionaire SJW trash is so oppressed by an elected guy who makes $400K a year.

    Dear SJWs, your tears are delicious.

  5. SingleCut

    October 10, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Oppression? Maybe he’s just doesn’t want to be around a bunch of a$$holes.

  6. American Quilter

    October 10, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Eric Reid is apparently an ignoramus who doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “oppression.” Maybe he could use some of his multimillion-dollar salary to buy a dictionary.

    • Keith Dany Donaldson

      October 11, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Would you be so kind as to watch the video where Kaepernick explains why he did what he did? He stated that the flag and the anthem are supposed to represent Freedom, Liberty and Justice for all. He chose to use his position in society to speak/act for OTHERS that are not receiving Freedom, Liberty and Justice. Speaking or acting on the behalf of others less fortunate or lacking the position you have is a noble thing to do, especially when you risk losing your job or inciting the anger of the people on power…White People. #veteransforkaepernick

      • Grant Mackenzie

        October 11, 2017 at 6:22 am

        and Pence walking out to express his opinion, freedown and liberty.. considering that the media is likely to say???? And yes… Pence is speaking out on behalf of people less powerful than him too.

      • misha1d1

        October 11, 2017 at 6:31 am

        Was he wearing his Che Guevara T-shirt and pig socks while he spoke?

      • Laura Webster

        October 11, 2017 at 8:34 am

        Unfortunately, CK used the wrong approach. He showed a marked disrespect for the military. Military personnel in the field see the flag as something to remember home by, to reach their goals, to believe they are going to get home — it’s a safety symbol and provides them with the personal belief that they are going to make it and to keep going on. THAT is why this symbol is so important. Due to his ignorance (and obviously many others who support his ignorance), he is totally disrespecting the military and those in the field. It has nothing to do with freedom for others and he chose his position poorly. Shows his lack of education and understanding of what our military in the field go through. That is what is upsetting to most Americans. Yes, the anthem is about freedom for all, and the flag is the symbol for our freedom. We have a lot more to do to grow and be better, but this venue and this lack of respect truly shows who the real Americans of support of our values and what we stand for is not an intelligent nor decent choice. I don’t think he even knows what he is doing.

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      • paulej

        October 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

        Being the majority doesn’t mean white people use “power” oppress. Consider this: the race with the highest median household income in America isn’t white. Those who are less fortunate are that way, not because of systematic oppression, but because of personal choice or individual misfortune. What these NFL players should be doing is working to keep create a positive environment without high unwanted pregnancy rates, high school dropout rates, high drug usage, high crime, and low scholastic results. Stop blaming others for what the individuals absolutely can control.

        • sez-who

          October 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

          As to that, in the younger demographics, whites are no longer a majority. Race card reaches obsolecence in ..5 . . 4 . . 3 . . 2 . .

      • sez-who

        October 11, 2017 at 11:33 am

        The flag and the anthem are not Kaepernick’s personal symbols. They belong to all the nation, and when you show contempt for it, you show contempt for founding principles of the nation and for me personally. I will grant you the USA is not and has not been perfect in all aspects. However, where the USA fails, it fails because it has strayed from its principles.

        • Keith Dany Donaldson

          October 11, 2017 at 11:49 am

          1. I understand what you are saying about the flag and the anthem. But the way I see it, if there is an obligation or a duty to “respect” these symbols of nationalism/patriotism regardless of any perceived or actual ills, then we belong to those symbols instead of them belonging to us.
          2. In your opinion what are those principles that have been strayed from?

          • Charles Perigord

            October 11, 2017 at 12:26 pm

            Keith – the duty is not to disrupt other people’s nonpolitical events by expressing your own personal political views. If Kaepernick organized a flag-disrespecting ceremony of his own, say in Golden Gate Park or Pershing Square in LA, no one would condemn the NFL. The First Amendment rights are subject to “reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions” as the judges have been saying for literally decades. The media hides this from the public because they don’t want them to know.
            There is a duty in the NFL to respect the flag because it’s part of the NFL rules. The owners just didn’t have the courage to enforce it for fear the black players would take “collective action” refuse to play, and cost them millions. So now they’re confronting a much bigger collective action from their customers and losing tens of millions instead.

          • sez-who

            October 12, 2017 at 11:01 am

            Considering the amount of taxpayers funds the NFL receives, there is a double duty to show a little respect! Or at least, hide the disdain!

          • sez-who

            October 12, 2017 at 11:13 am

            1. It is uncommonly discourteous to show contempt for those from whom you taking money, particularly when it is tax money that people are forced to surrender. My ire would be less, though still present, if the NFL wasn’t a classic example of corporate welfare. The kindest thing one can say about the Kaeperniks of the world is ‘what an asshole.’
            2. ‘All men are created equal’ – obviously, slavery, racism, sexism*, affirmative action, the old Jim Crow laws, quotas, etc, don’t square with a belief that ‘all men are created equal’. That’s the obvious one. Asset forfeiture, ObamaCare and Eminent Domain don’t square with the 4th amendment. Just a small sample. That doesn’t mean the principle themselves, for which the Flag and Anthem stand, are bad principles. It only means we don’t live up to them. That is no reason why we shouldn’t try, and certainly no reason why we should piss on the principles themselves.

            Certainly the First Amendment applies to Kaepernik and Co. I do not advocate that they be jailed, but I do think they are fools and rogues, and sincerely hope they find themselves destitute and shunned. At minimum, all taxpayer support should be immediately withdrawn (should never have been provided in the first place. Of all the stupid things!)

            *men* includes women in this context, except to ignorant slobs who don’t know any better and like to create strife.

  7. shhhhh

    October 10, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    I want to be NFL oppressed seriously… Playing a sport and making millions, please oppress the hell out of me that way… Have winters and spring off… please NFL oppress me, any NFL owner I am available… I will quit my job asap!

  8. misha1d1

    October 10, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    How can someone leaving be oppression? does he know what the word actually means? Oppression is what Coptic Christians are facing in the middle east.

  9. Chesapeake

    October 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    You can’t beat a college education.

  10. One-Eye

    October 10, 2017 at 10:04 pm

    As the great Sonnie Johnson says: “It’s not oppression if you voted for it.”

  11. Dan Egan

    October 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Systematic stupidity.

  12. One-Eye

    October 10, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    I love how Kaepernick is now practically begging for his job back. He must have seen how fast the black half of him was spending his money.

  13. Hairatic Rick

    October 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Will someone please think of those poor oppressed millionaires! ????
    Bytheelffingway, today the FBI identified as domestic terrorist the blacks who are hunting and murdering police officers. Thank you BLM and your commie SJWs for radicalizing and giving aid and comfort to them. That is illegal, right?

  14. De Plorables Unum

    October 11, 2017 at 7:44 am

    It’s not oppression…this is what push back looks like…

  15. Eric Selin

    October 11, 2017 at 10:37 am

    he’s right, the players are oppressing fans who don’t agree and inflicting unwanted speech upon us. time to turn it off.

  16. Cogency

    October 11, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Eric Reid is what the oppression of stupidity looks like….

  17. AquamineAmarine

    October 11, 2017 at 11:51 am

    So these morons are allowed to protest, but the Vice President isn’t allowed to protest? Idiots.

  18. Real_American78

    October 11, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Eric Reid makes over $5 million this year to sit on his ass and take a knee because he’s too injury prone to stay on the field. After this season, he’ll have earned over $14 million for his 5 year career. So when he talks about “systematic oppression” it is clear he doesn’t know WTF he’s talking about. That same “system” he decries has made him a millionaire many times over and has not oppressed him in the least.

    Further, Reid is completely ignorant of what systematic oppression is if he believes that Pence refusing to humor his anti-American conduct is oppression. It isn’t. His life, liberty or property hasn’t been taken from him. He isn’t a victim. No one has to agree with Reid or any of these kneeling idiots.

  19. jonklement

    October 11, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    People who are protesting something (in this case, by refusing to stand for the national anthem), calling someone else exercising their right to protest (in this case, by walking out of an event), an “oppressor” is what HYPOCRISY looks like.

  20. Randy Lay

    October 12, 2017 at 10:55 am

    wait a minuter you stupid asshole you have a right to protest in your way but you say that the Vice President dont ..give me a break

  21. Milla Poliusuk

    October 16, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Milo has clearly no substance to hold on to in this discussion, all he can do is use a dictionary and hide behind his fancy words. Just the fact that you can go ahead and flag this comment proves that there is no freedom of speech. I used to be a fan of Milo but now I feel like even though it’s not his fault that trump tricked us all; Milo just ignores and pretends like trump did nothing wrong. This has nothing to do with disrespecting the military or a piece of fabric with some stars on it. In fact the team is on the same side as the soldiers because they are standing up for what they believe in, which could make America a better place. People should control their sensitive, triggered little brains, how are you different from all these SJW?? Go ahead flag me before you finish reading.

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