Vice President Mike Pence's alleged PR stunt at Colts game cost police over $14K

Remember when Vice President Mike Pence showed up to a 49ers-Colts game in October before abruptly leaving when several 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem? It turns out that Pence's alleged PR stunt cost Indianapolis police more than $14,000. 

On Tuesday, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) released documents (see them here) that it obtained through the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. The documents show how much money police spent on Pence's appearance. The total comes out to $14,163.36. 

Previously, CNN estimated that the cost of Pence's air travel was $242,500. 

Pence's brief appearance came back on Oct. 8, a couple weeks after President Donald Trump said that teams should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. Upon arrival at Lucas Oil Stadium, he tweeted this:

Of note: He re-used an old photo.

After 49ers players kneeled during the national anthem, he left and tweeted this:

Trump also chimed in:

As many pointed out, Pence had to know that many players on the 49ers would kneel during the national anthem. It certainly wasn't their first demonstration in the aftermath of Trump's inflammatory comments. Reporters covering Pence were also told beforehand that he might leave the game early. 

After the game, 49ers safety Eric Reid called Pence's appearance and disappearance a PR stunt.

"With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me." he said. "He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew 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. Again, based on the information I have, that's the assumption that I made."

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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