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Report: VP Mike Pence's trip to 49ers-Colts game cost over $325,000


Report: VP Mike Pence's trip to 49ers-Colts game cost over $325,000

When Vice President Mike Pence left last season's 49ers-Colts game in Indianapolis before kickoff after players kneeled during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" to protest racial inequality, the trip cost over $325,000, according to documents obtained by the Huffington Post. 

The Secret Service released documents Friday, showing that expenses for Pence's trip -- "hotels, travel, and additional security measures," per the Huffington Post -- cost over $75,000. Last year, the Washington Post reported Air Force Two costs about $43,000 per hour to operate, meaning the cost of the flight alone was $250,000.

The cost breakdown, was as follows: 

  • Hotel rooms: $64,637.88
  • Travel expenses: $8,877.91
  • Temporary walkways: $2,368

In a statement, Pence said he left the game on Oct. 8, 2017, because he did not want to "dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem." Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, one of 23 San Francisco players to kneel during the anthem that day, told reporters it "[looked] like a PR stunt to me."

"He knew our team had the most players protest," Reid said that day. "He knew that we were probably going to do to it again. This is what systemic oppression looks like. A man with power comes to a game, he tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”

Documents showed the temporary walkways were ordered the Friday before the game, the Huffington Post reported. A Mike Pence aide told CNN last October that the trip was planned "for several weeks."

Reuben Foster sustains concussion in 49ers' third preseason game


Reuben Foster sustains concussion in 49ers' third preseason game

INDIANAPOLIS – Linebacker Reuben Foster will likely not play again until Week 3 of the regular season after leaving the 49ers’ exhibition game Saturday with a concussion.

San Francisco has a quick turnaround, playing the final game of the exhibition season on Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers. It is doubtful Foster will have enough time to pass the NFL’s return-to-play protocol.

Foster will then serve a two-game NFL suspension at the start of the regular season for violations of the league’s policies on substances of abuse and personal conduct.

He is eligible to rejoin the team to practice on Monday, Sept. 17. He is eligible to make his season debut on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Kansas City Chiefs.

The 49ers began preparing for Foster’s absence on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts. Rookie Fred Warner started at middle linebacker, with veteran Malcolm Smith starting at the weakside linebacker spot.

When Foster entered the game in the first quarter, he took over for Smith at weakside linebacker. Foster recorded two tackles, including one stop for a loss, in Saturday’s game before his injury.

Frank Gore opens up on time with 49ers, 'I never wanted to leave'


Frank Gore opens up on time with 49ers, 'I never wanted to leave'

Frank Gore, at 34 years old, has one game left in his 13th season in the NFL. He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. 

After spending the first 10 years of his career with the 49ers, the running back has kept on gaining yards on the ground for the Colts over the past three seasons, totaling 861 this year.

On Christmas, Peter King of the Monday Morning Quarterback published a long sit-down conversation with Gore where the two talked about his college days at Miami, falling in the draft with a bag full of injuries, his time with the 49ers, how he has stayed productive in his later years, and much more. Gore said the following about the 49ers: 

When [Jim] Harbaugh came to the Niners [in 2011], everything changed. His attitude basically was, We don’t give a F about anyone. Players, we loved that. Scot McCloughan basically built that team [as personnel director/GM for five years, starting in 2005], and it was a team of tough MF-ers. I respect coach Harbaugh a lot. We had a bunch of guys who loved football. Like at Miami.

[In 2011], we started 2-1 and went to Philly to play the Dream Team. I didn’t even know I’d play that game. I hurt my ankle against Cincinnati [the previous week] and I couldn’t practice. I rehabbed, rehabbed, rehabbed. I went out there to see if I could go before the game. I got in the game, but it was a struggle. Down 17-3 at halftime, I think. Me and Patrick Willis looking around, trying to figure out what would happen. We’re in trouble, man. Coach Harbaugh didn’t think it was trouble. He just said, We gotta make adjustments. We will make adjustments. Strike fast. Change things up. We will win this game. So we went out there, scored right away. I was making some big runs. I made the winning run.

We go on in ’13 to beat Atlanta in the NFC Championship Game and make the Super Bowl. Best years of my life. I loved that team. Harbaugh, man, straightforward guy. If he thought you were full of s---, he’d tell you, and you’re not going to be on his team.

I have loved it here [Indianapolis]. I miss San Francisco. I never wanted to leave.

The 49ers selected Gore No. 65 overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Five other running backs were picked ahead of him that year. In 10 years with 49ers, Gore rushed for 11,073 yards on 2,442 carries to average 4.5 yards per carried. He totaled 75 touchdowns with the 49ers. 

Over his 13-year career, Gore has rushed for 13,926 yards, good for fifth all time.