Count San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid among those unhappy with Vice President Mike Pence's actions on Sunday.
After Pence left the Indianapolis Colts' game against the 49ers minutes after 23 San Francisco players kneeled for the national anthem, Reid said he believed the series of events was an orchestrated effort.
"This looks like a PR stunt to me," Reid said of Pence's exit. "He knew we had the most players protest. He knew that we were probably going to do it again.
"And so, this is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game, with an attempt to thwart our efforts."
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Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle Russell Okung also called the actions "the ultimate PR stunt."
Reid began kneeling with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year to protest racial inequality and police brutality. Pence has criticized players who have not stood for the anthem after President Trump repeatedly called for those who protested to be fired or suspended.
Approximately 30 players from the 49ers kneeled last week in the team's first game since Trump's comments.