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Should politicians stay out of sports?

Vice President Mike Pence refused to stand up during a unified Korea's entrance at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. He also walked out in protest of NFL players kneeling at an Indianapolis Colts game during the national anthem. If players' respective leagues can’t properly regulate the sport, politicians have the right to step in. Still, Pence comes off as an attention seeker, and there are bigger concerns than players peacefully protesting. What do you think? 🏈 ⛷

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Many are criticizing Pence for not standing when a unified Korea was introduced at the Olympic Opening Ceremony. No matter how you slice it, Pence is representing American interests overseas and one of those interests is supporting South Korea, not North Korea. He's just doing his political due diligence.

Vice President Pence's protest was also scrutinized, but many argue he was right. If the players have the right to protest the national anthem, he has every right to walk out to protest them. Like Pence, other politicians have used their platform to stand up for what's right; they should continue that defense of American values.

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Government officials are always looked at as the bad guys, but they can intervene in situations to save the day. When Major League Baseball was embroiled in a steroid controversy, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held an 11-hour hearing to pressure the league into changing its performance enhancing drug policy. What came out of it was a safer game the public could gain trust in again. Political intervention can help sports.

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Attention seeker Mike Pence is at it again. He couldn't appreciate the world coming together at the Olympics and instead took a political stand. The Vice President couldn't put rivalries aside for a few seconds and has put the spotlight on him instead of the athletes. It's embarrassing and unnecessary.

Also, Pence's NFL protest was preplanned. He consciously wasted taxpayer money on a protest that could've gone to a more worthy cause—like Puerto Rico, a country that was destroyed by a hurricane. Here is CNN's Rene Marsh with the breakdown:

According to the Air Force, flying a C-32, the model of plane used for Air Force 2, for one hour costs about $30,000. Pence's flight from Las Vegas to Indianapolis Saturday took about three hours and 20 minutes, so it cost about $100,000. Pence then flew from Indianapolis to Los Angeles on Sunday, which took about four hours and 45 minutes, costing about $142,500. The grand total: about $242,500.

Seems like a lot of money coming out of other people's wallets.

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Remember when Tom Brady was accused of deflating footballs, and the government thought it was necessary to hold hearings? Seems like a bit of overkill, especially considering the issues the country was facing in 2015. Again, this was because a guy deflated a football; not for killing anyone or defrauding millions of people. The government really needs to get its priorities straight. Leave sports alone until you solve actual problems.

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