cnn panel debate - nfl protest

Things got pretty heated on Sunday when CNN contributors Symone Sanders and Ben Ferguson locked horns over Vice President Mike Pence's decision to walk out of an NFL game after several players kneeled during the national anthem.

Ferguson vehemently defended Pence, saying he had a duty to walk out:

“You're the vice president [...] you have a duty, an obligation to the president of the United States of America to leave a situation where people are basically giving the middle finger to the men and women who fought to defend this country.”

Sanders accused Ferguson of “perpetuating this lie,” before finally declaring:

“White people do not get to tell black folks or anybody else what is acceptable form of protest!”

Ferguson said “Not everything's about race, Symone, ”not everything's about race." She fired back: “Maybe not for you it isn't, but for folks who are protesting police on the issue of police brutality it's absolutely about race.”

On a lighter note, the look on host Fredricka Whitfield's face during the exchange, as she tried several times to throw a towel into ring, was priceless.

The former Indiana governor attended the game in Indianapolis between the hometown Colts and the San Francisco 49ers to honor former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, whose number 18 jersey was retired during a halftime ceremony.

For those keeping score at home, former quarterback Peyton Manning's team beat former quarterback Colin Kaepernick's team, 26-23.

Video of the heated exchange is below.

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