Skip to main content

tv   Real Money With Ali Velshi  Al Jazeera  January 1, 2015 6:00am-7:01am EST

6:00 am
is a retrial ordered in the case of three al jazeera journalists jailed in egypt. ♪ >> in doha we have the latest. a stampede at a new year's celebration in shay hang on. at least 35 people are dead. north korea's leader says he is open with talks for north korea. getting ready to be sworn in for
6:01 am
a second term in brazil. an appeals court in egypt has ordered a retrial for three access journalists who have been in jail for more than a year. mohammed fat me peter greste remain in custody. it's not clear when they will be back in court. al jazeera says the original trial was flawed and is demanding their immediate release. a report: >> reporter: they never saw a minute of freedom in 2014 and with the start of a new year they remain imprisoned. despite an appeal's court granting a retrial, they are still behind bars. the judge in thursday's session said it was not in his power to grant bail. >> we welcome the court's decision to accept the appeal of our journalists, but at the same time, we demand that they are immediately released. they are unjustly imprisoned.
6:02 am
everything is politicized. their arrest and the verdict were politicized. >> the arrest from december 29th the, 2013, were initially assumed to be a short-term thing, a mix-up over accreditation accreditations. it became more clear that the egyptian authorities under the new government had other intentions. peter greste knew little about egypt was amazed as shocked by the idea that he was linked in some way to what the government in cairo described as terrorists. exactly the same could be said for his team. by mid january much of the international media was demanding the release of the three as well. the hash tag, free aj staff went viral. in the u.s. u.k. and elsewhere,
6:03 am
journal ifrpts came out to say it was a threat to the entire journalistic community trying to report from egypt. >> the trial failed to come up with anything against the three men which could even vaguely have been said to incriminate them. a video of sheep herding, some of greste's work in kenya. footage from a different journal entirely were found on their laptops. >> today the session presented video evidence, and we found that the videos have no criminal indictment whatsoever toward detainees. >> adjournment after adjournment followed and the men were convicted and jailed. for the men's families it was the lowest point of a desperate year. >> darkest was the day of the sentence. it will remains in my memory as just an awful, awful nightmare.
6:04 am
>> it was a as far as. no witnesses and in the trial. i wonder how they were indicted and then sentenced in the first place. there isn't a single piece of evidence against them. >> world leaders, including president obama denounced the court ruling. >> the issue of the al jazeera journalists in egypt, we have been cleared publiand privately, that they thud be released. >> they argued it had not been a political decision and it was now up to the appeals process to determine what should happen next. now that a retrial has been ordered, there is hope that this horrible or deal will be over soon. until then al jazeera and journalists everywhere will maintain the public campaign because journalism is not a crime. al jazeera doha. >> we had this reaction from mohamed fahmy. he said a retrial is a milestone toward victory in our free press
6:05 am
battle. our spirits are bullet-proof. mohamed fahmy's fiance spoke to the media about the verdict. >> i can't even imagine that he will stay for a year in prison f he just applied to the egyptian presidency for mohammed to be deported and be treed as a citizen and continue the trial there. i am still waiting for a miracle to happen. >> hismohammed's wife delivered their thirdson and she reacted to the variedict. >> i was nervously waiting for the court's decision from the morning. thank god, they accepted the appeal. this is a small but positive step towards my husband being freed. even though the trial will now be restarted, i was expecting something else. everyone knows journalists, the public, even sisi himself,
6:06 am
knows that my husband and his colleagues are innocent. this past year has been the worst of me and my children's lives, especially my children. every day, they look for their father at home. they don't just ask the where, where is dad? they wake up in the middle of the night crying and start looking for him. where is dad, they ask. why hasn't he come home? you'll of our friends and relatives come home from work. how comes ours doesn't. they know but they say why is he sleeping with peter and not with us at home? i really wish that today, i could bring happiness and a smile to my children's faces and that they would be able to see their father at home with them. but unfortunately, that didn't happen. god willing, though i pray that the day will come that my children will rejoice with the freedom of their father. >> to other news, it's been a tragic start to 2015 in china. at least 35 people died in a
6:07 am
stampede in shanghai. florence libby reports. >> reporter: a night of revelry turned chaotic. this is the scene of what started as a new year's celebration. instead, the injured lie on the ground run down in a stampede on shanghai's waterfront district known as the bund. the stampeed started just before midnight. police say they are still investigating the cause. >> we were downstairs. those who were upstairs wanted to move down. we were pushed down by the people coming from above. all trying to move up fell down on the stairs. >> local media say witnesses reported seeing coupons being thrown into the crowd. they looked like dollar bills. pictures of the coupons have appeared on social media. the bund is a popular spot in the city with restored buildings and narrow streets. a new year's eve lazar display had been planed here the 1 in 2013 had attracted some 300,000
6:08 am
people. but a week ago, the local government cancelled the show. the official reason: to improve traffic flow. >> it's hard to cancel tradition. the buntd is a popular place. it's not clear what kind of crowd clone measures were in place but it seems whatever it was, it wasn't enough florence looi beijing. >> afghanistan's president has addressed afghan troops who have taken over security from nato forces. ashraf ghan tive. praised the soldiers. a stray rocket killed women and children in hellmithelmut province. >> afghan civilians caught in the middle again p the taliban and forces were fighting when a rocket fell on a house crowded with party-goers. >> the rocket struck a wedding party. almost two dozen people have
6:09 am
been moved to the hospital so far. more are on the way. >> all of this just hours after nato's combat mission officially ended. evidence the war isn't over. the fighting in helmut has been fierce all year. the taliban control much of the countryside. it's a similar story in kunar province in the east. the afghan army says it can't move more than a few kilometers from its bases because of the taliban. it says al-qaeda is rebuilding its training camps on the mountaintops nearby. all signals of a difficult year ahead for a country asserting its sovereignty. jennifer glasse, al jazeera, kabul. >> two more bodies from the air, asia plane crash have been recovered. eight have been found so far. coffins have been flown there so bodies can be identified. the airbus caring 162 passengers and crew disappeared on sunday f
6:10 am
bad weather hampered the search for the data recorder at the bottom of the java sea. north korea's leader is proposing high-level talks with the south. kim jung un made the speech. gauging reaction in seoul. >> he used his new year's speech to strike a conciliatory tone this time raising the stakes with mention of a possible summit with his south korean member. >> the atmosphere is there. there is no reason not to hold the highest level summit. we will make every everett to advance dialogue and cooperation. he said such talks couldn't take place while south korea carried out military drills with the u.s., a twice-yearly event and reaffirmed his country's nuclear weapons policy. >> we proved clearly how right it is that we support the values
6:11 am
of leaders, strengths en our national defense based mainly on the nuclear deterrence and save the finances the life of the country strongly. >> his offer follows an offer by the south's unification ministry, the south korea ian president's own new year's negligence which he promised to lead toward trust and change and event annual reunification. she has said she will be meeting kim jung un. it's the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war which here also means the ends of japanese colonial rule and the beginning of the north/south divide. >> if 2015 does see a summit it would be the third after the earlier meetings in 2000 and 2007 between kim jung il and two different south korea ian presidents.
6:12 am
getting to that stage would be fraught with difficulty. the main opinion stack he will remains: south korea wants to see the north take steps toward nuclear disarmament. ping ying has committed to the development of nuclear weapons. seoul. >> here on al jazeera, how liberia is changing the way it deals with the dead as it fights to contain the ebola outbreak. plus after the floods in malaysia, villagers try to salvage the little that's left of their homes. that's coming up. ♪
6:13 am
6:14 am
6:15 am
hello there. welcome back. our top stories: a retrial has been ordered for three al jazeera journalists jailed in egypt for more than a year. the court of casation accepted an appeal. it's unclear when they will be back in according to. a tragic start to the new year in china where at least 35 people have been killed in a stam he'd in shanghai. it happened during new year's sell brays along with the city's waterfront. afghanistan's president thanked afghan troops for their sacrifices as they take over from nato forces. hours earlier, a stray rocket killed 26 women and children in helmut province. let's get more now on the retrial ordered for our three journalists jailed in egypt good
6:16 am
to have you on the program. for us, this retrial was the first positive sign we have had in a long time it means that the judges have accepted that the original trial and verdict were flawed. >> i think that's right. it's clear they reviewed what happened and actually like many international commentators, they decided it wasn't a fair trial. the evidence wasn't right and so they set it aside it's difficult to understand why they haven't taken the opportunity to set our colleagues free. they have been in jail for more than a year over a conviction which already has proved -- is unsafe, on charges which actually many journalists and media people around the world find absolutely unacceptable. they should never have been brought in the first place. i can't help but feel there is a sense of cat & mouse being
6:17 am
played with the freedom of the al jazeera journalists. >> i might be wrong but my understanding is that this particular court didn't have the power to free them and didn't have the power to just simply say, right, that's it. >> that's the end of the whole process. set them free. it could only order a retrial. the whole thing underlines how the judicial process in egypt is a very convoluted and long drawn-out affair. i suppose we shouldn't feel optimistic that this retrial to could happen any time soon. >> that may be the case. we should feel indignant and frustrated by the fact that our colleagues haven't been set free today. there were signs last month that there was a thawing out of relations between qatar and egypt which underlined a lot of the politics regarding this trial. there is also sort of a clearly a situation now where the president, himself who has indicated that he was ready to intervene to free these journalists and to clear the
6:18 am
matter out of the way. he has the power to bring this this whole as far as to a swift and immediate conclusion by intervening to set them free. he can do that now. and he can do that without undermining the judicial process. and the fact that the court today has decided that the original trial can't stand, i think, opens the door to immediate action by al sisi the president of egypt, to free the journalists. and we hope he will take that opportunity. >> you alluded there to the improving relations between qatar and egypt. access has maintained that the men's jailing was a political move. how do you think the political climate has changed since the men were first jailed? >> unfortunately, i think the men became, in the eyes of sort of the political regime in egypt, they became iconic representatives of a political force that they didn't want to deal with that they really felt was unacceptable.
6:19 am
now, we have seen a meeting that took took place at a high level between qatari officials and egyptian officials last month that was very very important at the same time, not related f took some editorial decisions regarding his own organization suspending it's channel. a lot had been controversial. so these steps hp indicated to many that we were about to see a breakthrough that this process of journalists being jailed for just doing their job would be brought swiftly to an end and egypt could sort of recover some of its lost reputation. >> has notn't happened today t i think many thousands of journalists will be deeply disappointed, and i think it's a lost opportunity. i hope the president, himself, will now sit back and realize he has an opportunity to intervene
6:20 am
and do that. >> absolutely. of course, the spotlight continues on egypt's attitude and freedom of press agent. thank you very much indeed for joining us aden white there. >> my pleasure. >> israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu has won the support of his party and will lead the right-wing party in general elections this march. israeli's media says he has an overwhelming lead over his challenger dani danhum. >> no bomb attacks have killed 11 people. in the neighboring gomba state, two bombs exploded near a military barracks. many previous attacks have been blamed on boka haram fighting to impose islamic law in the
6:21 am
region. >> again the government reversed am degree ce all bodies should be cremated. the number of people infected has now past 20,000. a report. >> reporter: in the capitol, mon rove i can't there has been another suspected ebola death. a group of health workers has arrived to collect the body of the victim. in liberia, burying the dead is considered a sacred tradition. the body will be buried and not cremated. >> it's making it easier for us to collect bodies because the cremation was creating a tension between us -- when i say us the red cross and the communities because cremation is against our tradition, against our culture. >> the world health organization says the number of people infected by ebola in liberia, sierra leone and guinea has passed 20,000.
6:22 am
the lie beer an government banned the burial of ebola victims to stop the spread of the virus. many families hid the bodies of their relatives and formed secret burials to avoid cremation. >> they go to pick up bodies and they know we will cremate their loved one and then, they began top expose themselves to the body because they want to have the red annuals practiced and with that the possibility of getting the disease were very possible. >> liberia has opened a national cemetery for victims of the ebola outbreak. burial rituals are banned. officials say the site in mon rove i can't will enable dignified burials instead of cremation. al jazeera. >> flood waters have finally begun to recede in malaysia
6:23 am
revealing the scale of devastation. thousands of homes remain submerged after residents were forced into emergency relief shelters. car issue reports from the town in one of the hardest-hit areas. >> reporter: rita yousef scrubs the few possessions she has left. behind her is a pile of rubble that used to be her home. seventeen members her family lived here including her six grandchildren. she says the floods came without warning. they had to flee seeking shelter in an empty house on higher ground. >> i worry about where we are going to live. we have food but no place to sleep. i can't keep living in a in that house. we can't live like this for long. when it rains, we will get wet. >> this is one. most affected regions. 70% of the town was submerged.
6:24 am
in someplace, the water was almost 35 meters high. for days relief aid could not reach this community. waters are now slowly receding revealing a trail of destruction. >> the army estimates that at least 40,000 people in this area have been affected by the floods. their priority is to deliver food medicine and emergency shelter to families who have no where to live. >> the army says it will need reinforcements to help rebuild this community. >> frankly, i have been more than 30 years in the army. i have been so many time in the flood rescue but it's the first time i have seen. this is the biggest flood. it is more than a flood. i don't know whether i am right to use the word an inland tsunami. >> it will be many months before life can return to normal. al jazeera kuala kri.
6:25 am
>> the people of lithuania have started spend their new currency. at the stroke of midnight p it became the 19th country to join the euro. politicians hope the switch will boost trade and, investment and the economy. 24 years after gaining independence from the soviet union. >> in brazil a new year means a start after second term, but facing lingering problems of last year when economic growth slowed toe a virtual halt. a report on the challenges ahead ahead. >> reporter: a new year, a new term for brazil's leftist president. if 2014 just barely saw her reelected, 2015 could be just as challenging. under her, the world's second
6:26 am
largest economy has been floundering, barely climbing out of a technical recession as the year ended. a huge fiscal deficit, riding inflation, poor infrastructure and crimming taxes and bureaucracy are to blame. ordinary brazilians like juarez says the people of the most populist nation want results this time around. >> translator: everything needs to be improved. not just public healthcare. transportation education. we want a better country. it's what we hope for. no matter who is in power, people want a better country for everyone. that's what i expect. >> reporter: the continuing depression of brazil's currency suggests even a new finance man sister joaquin levy is not enough to boost confidence. >> everyone is waiting to see what will be the reaction of the social movements once the government starts making much-needed fiscal cuts this year. we don't know if the government
6:27 am
can make sufficient economic changes to spark growth that would offset cuts. the biggest challenge is to maintain support through social programs. >> a support that is being further strained by a $1.5 billion corruption scandal that grows by the day threatening to splatter even the president. she was the chairman of the state-owned oil giant petro brass, brazil's largest company when most of the money was allegedly skimmed off in inflated contracts and distributed to construction countries, petrobras and more than 50 have been indicted for money laundering and racketeering and the investigation is just beginning. rue rousef has escaped responsibility. she knows the nagging scandal along with the economic woes will give her little time to show this time around she has what it takes to full file her giant nation's potential.
6:28 am
the parents of 43 missing students have been holding a new year's vigil in mexico city. they went missing in september after a confrontation with police in the state of guero. david mercer spoke with some of the families. >> reporter: while people around the world are celebrating the start of a new year the parents of mexico's 43 missing students are back in mexico city close to the president's house, determined not to let their children be forgotten. it's been more than three months since police kidnapped the students and handed them over to a drug gang. recently it was revealed federal police and soldiers not only knew about the attack but might have participated. investigators have been only been able to identify the remains of one of the students. while many mexicans believe all of the students were murdered back in september, their parents say they are holding out hope. >> we don't know when we will find them. but we have to do whatever it
6:29 am
takes. >> the case has shocked the nation and people across mexico are calling for the president to step down. with congressional elections coming up in july and the parents planning more protests the big question here is whether mexicans are ready to forgive and forget. there have been traditional sell brakes around the world to welcome in the new year. look at this. more than a million australians partied as only australians can do along sydney harbor. 1 billion t.v. viewers watched the spectacular start to 2015. this is due bybhai. 70,000 light panels were used to turn it into a giant beacon. in london thousands gathered along the banks of the james. pyrotechnics launched from the fer at this wheel. new york city once again proving
6:30 am
its reputation as a city that never sleeps. hundreds of thousands braved temperatures well below freeze to go watch the famous ball drop in times square. all of the latest on our website, of course,ays.com. >> it's still months before college football season kicks off, but the team at northwestern university is in the middle of a 40 hour work week. >> they are traveling more than even 10 years ago, they're being asked to sacrifice more they're asked to treat their sport as a year-round endeavor. so the demands on them are so intense that it has put them in a situation where it's like a fight or die situation. >> players earn no pay other
6:31 am
than a scholarship to attend class. their coach, pat fitzgerald, says that's compensation enough for student athletes. >> i'm a football coach, i'm a teacher, i'm an educator alright? this isn't what i signed up to be, i signed up to help these guys develop to be the best they can be, not to be an employer. >> but in january, his players demanded to be considered employees, becoming the first college team to seek a union. >> guys come in here and bash all day, then then they're injured 5 years down the road and they get nothing. >> right now, athletes don't receive long-term medical care and can't collect a paycheck or form a union. the national collegiate athletic association -- or ncaa -- sets the rules for college sports. but those rules could soon be overturned. fault lines investigates the multi-billion-dollar business of college football, the players who produce that wealth, and their demands for a more equitable game.
6:32 am
>> i just hope the ncaa does understand that some things do need to change. >> the first thing right behind me, you guys see our lovely bookstore. lots of orange apparel. you guys all got coupons for that. ten percent off. head in there afterwards. today is solid orange friday which is a little bit of a tradition in tigertown. with anybody who has attended clemson we all like to show our orange around clemson on friday. if you want to become part of this family, get your orange today. >> we've joined along with a tour of clemson campus. we're following abby, she's a sophomore here, and she clearly loves clemson. and a couple times college football has come up as a big part of the life here. it's actually a 40 million dollar enterprise for the schools. >> now the part of the tour you've probably all been waiting for. if you look right through here you can all see death valley. who's been to a game at death valley? >> clemson university has one of the 25 most lucrative football
6:33 am
programs in the country. >> we have the spring game tomorrow, which is great because a lot of people have been waiting for football season to start back up. and it's not abnormal for a lot of our season ticket holders and alum to travel to this game even though it's just clemson against clemson. >> one of those alums is darius robinson, who just played his last season at clemson. >> darius is playing professional football now, but making it there was a financial struggle. >> i came from a household where both of my parents didn't go to school, so we didn't necessarily have the type of income to provide my sister with a good education and to be able to help me out whenever i needed it. >> his scholarship didn't cover the cost of living, so he started a business in college. but when he began using his name and image to promote it, the ncaa threw the book at him.
6:34 am
>> there's so many rules saying what we can't do. in my mind, i had the mindset like, what can we do? everything in the rulebook is, student athlete cannot do this cannot do that, cannot do this cannot do that. what about what a student athlete can do? >> ncaa rules prevent current athletes from making money off their fame. darius is part of a class action lawsuit to overturn that ban. >> we've been working hard our whole lives, we've been doing this since we were 6 and 7 years old. so for someone to say that because you're a student-athlete, you can't even promote yourself and be who you are, because you're a student-athlete, to me i find that very disrespectful. >> it's gameday, and on main street, the football economy is in high gear. the clemson tiger paw is one of the highest-grossing logos in college sports, and it's the players who draw the crowd. >> they have #2 and i'll bet you, they have, yep, #10...
6:35 am
>> those are the jerseys worn by clemson's star players -- sammy watkins and tajh boyd. >> all of this merchandise is a $4 billion a year industry. and now that tahj and sammy are not actually college football players, they're getting ready for the nfl draft, they can make some money off of this, and they're actually here today in the store signing autographs for $30. and there's a line out the door of people waiting to get their autograph. >> we have sweats, we have ties, we have hats, we have bags, we have flip flops, we have watches, we have flags, we have wallets, we have keychains, we have jewelry. we have everything down to nightlights, to stuffed animals, to sink stoppers. i have a guitar, i have drumsticks... >> would you like to see the players get some money from the jerseys with their number on them? >> um, if that happened from a
6:36 am
business standpoint, we'd have to jack up our prices... >> what are the ends of the ncaa? on one hand its easy answer to that. that has to do with profit, and that has to do with who controls the incredible amounts of money that are produced by college athletics in this country. we are talking billions and billions of dollars. >> the ncaa did not agree to an on-camera interview, but replied to questions by email. the organization says it spends about $200 million each year on scholarships for athletes like darius. but to get that scholarship, darius had to sign away his commercial rights to the ncaa. >> if you've watched clemson football on tv, you've probably seen this. the tradition is all the players get off the bus. then they run down our green grassy hills. everybody's jumping up and down. there are fireworks going off,
6:37 am
cannons, everybody's yelling screaming. there's nothing like being there with 80k of your closest friends. >> in two decades, the ncaa has built a stockpile. and its assets have increased by 1000 percent. the entire economy -- the t-shirts, ticket sales, and tv deals -- relies on the player on the field. now players are suing for a share. >> we're the marketers. we're marketing the nike here at clemson, the paw. we have on the nike checks, and making people be like 'ooh dad i want those nike gloves, i want those nike cleats. matter of fact, can i get them in orange, and can i buy them at clemson?' >> do you know now what you gave away? >> absolutely, i definitely understand now what i gave away, and it was pretty much who i was. i became in a sense, in some people's eyes, i'll always feel
6:38 am
like a person, but in some people's eyes, i became more of a clemson's possession. >> meanwhile, the college football boom has been good to clemson. the school has committed $200 million in a decade to expand its stadium and practice facilities. >> corporate fingerprints are all over this game. up on the electronic banner, you can see it says verizon. we've also seen td bank, ups coca cola, and nike. nike in fact is not just on the banner, it's on every single player's uniform, and on their shoes. >> we bring in a lot of profit in this city alone. so the fact that we're putting our lives on the line, there's people out there dying from this, being able to never walk again... >> coach dabo swinney enjoys celebrity status, and his opinions can sway the fan base.
6:39 am
>> what we try to teach our guys is to use football, to create the opportunities, take advantage of the platform and the brand and the marketing that you have available to you. as far as paying players professionalizing college athletics, that's when you lose me. i'll go do something else, because there's enough entitlement in this world as it is. >> coach swinney just signed an 8-year contract that will pay three million dollars next season. meanwhile, 86 percent of college football players live below the federal poverty line. >> the reason why we're at a breaking point is that we currently have two economies existing side by side in one structure. you have the coaches are like the wolfiest wolves of wall st. so it's free market run amok. ayn rand would weep with joy at the economic situation for the coaches. but for the players its indentured servitude. >> all i know is, college football is a great opportunity.
6:40 am
it's one of the last great things in america that's still teaching young people how to think right, hard work sacrifice... >> it is in a way set up as the modern slavery as far as the type of work we do, what our body goes through, and the type of money we bring in for what we do. real reporting that brings you the world. giving you a real global perspective like no other can. real reporting from around the world. this is what we do. al jazeera america.
6:41 am
6:42 am
6:43 am
>> do you wan't to be the quarterback? come on... >> the battle inside college football is over more than profits. athletes want their safety concerns addressed. adrian arrington's career at eastern illinois university did not lead to the nfl. in fact, due to his health problems, adrian can't hold down a job at all. >> did they teach you to hit safely? >> in college, i never had no drills in like, where you had a form tackling. stuff like that. >> did they ever talk to you about how to hit people safely? >> after my concussion, i never had anyone tell me 'adrian, you gotta stop hitting like this.' >> noel lucero met adrian in college, when his concussions began to trigger seizures. >> to be honest i don't even remember the first time because
6:44 am
there's been so many, but he had one in our bed, and at the time we had nightstands on either side, and he fell off and hit his shoulder on the nightstand and his head was banging on the nightstand while he's having the seizure, so i'm moving everything out of the way, and just trying to put towels under his head, and he had bit his lip so he's bleeding. >> adrian is the lead plaintiff in a class-action lawsuit seeking damages from the ncaa. he owes more than $100,000 in medical bills. the ncaa has not offered adrian long-term medical care. >> when it was really going on in college. i honestly thought i was losing my mind. i would never remember nothing. people would come up to me and say, remember you got in the bar fight?' i'm like 'what was you talking about? i don't remember that.' most of the time, when i have seizures i don't remember the situation but then people come up to me
6:45 am
and say stuff, it's like whoo, this is really scary, this is crazy. >> back to the days of roosevelt when the ncaa was first created, there's this mandate of protecting the student athlete and safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the student athlete. >> his lawyer joe siprut says safety concerns inside college football are nothing new. >> so we're basically saying wait a minute, what happened to that idea? >> today, more than a third of all concussions in college sports happen on the football field. the ncaa denies it is legally responsible for the long-term safety of college athletes. it claims the schools are liable. schools like adrian's alma mater, eastern illinois. >> that coach came to my house and sat down in my house, and told my mama and my daddy, we
6:46 am
want your kid to come to our school, and we're gonna take care of your child. >> so football was your gateway to a four-year degree? >> mm-hm, and that's why i worked so hard at football. because coming from a family that didn't have much and living in a homeless shelter, living in housing authority, i felt that that was going to be the only way to pay for college, without stressing my parents out. >> you were pretty successful at eastern illinois? >> i was the captain, i felt that i did whatever coaches wanted me to do, and i was having a good time until my concussions and bad health situation came up. >> did you talk to coaching staff? >> yes, i talked to coaching staff, and they just said when you come back in a few days, you'll be fine, and take these pills, called kepra, and they said as long as you take your medicine you'll be allowed to play, but they still kept going on throughout my career. >> he had head injury after head injury after head injury.
6:47 am
and every time, he was involved in situations where the coaches didn't pull him out of the game, and he was put back in the game. his own father pulled him off on the sidelines and said 'adrian are you ok?' didn't even recognize him. he was still ready to go back in and play. >> were the coaches going to put you back in the game? >> mm-hm, they were going to put me back in the game and my dad had to come from the bleachers they say and tell them not to put me back in the game. >> that's how impaired he was. and that happened a few too many times. >> when arrington played, the ncaa had no specific "return to play" rule requiring schools to keep players with concussions on the sidelines. >> it takes at least 3-4 hours it's said, for the symptoms of a concussion to heal, and often times much more than that. the interesting thing about that is last time i checked a football game is 3-4 hours. so what that alone means, is that there are really no circumstances that someone who has sustained a concussion can
6:48 am
ever go back during a game. >> did eastern illinois had a protocol or requirements in place? >> it couldn't have been a protocol if i get a concussion in the game, and you put me right back in the game to where my dad had to take me out of the game and not you guys. it can't be a protocol. >> but that changed after arrington graduated. in 2010, the ncaa required schools to develop guidelines for concussion safety. but arrington's suit alleges that this safety mandate was designed to be weak. >> some of these emails are shocking. i would call them smoking guns. >> internal ncaa emails show former head of safety david klossner pushing for more stringent rules, and facing pushback from inside the organization. >> very interesting email here from klossner where he says, 'return same day issue seems to be our biggest barrier. i've yet to find legitimate data to show that same day return to play is a good thing.' >> klossner's the
6:49 am
one in here who keeps bringing up the idea about rules for return to play, the safety of this and what an issue it is. >> "i've been pretty busy with meetings, and trying to get david klossner off my back. that dude wears me out." >> so the one guy raising the red flag here, is getting shut out? >> shut down, suppressed, and criticized. >> i think it's a big lie and a big facade that the ncaa is putting on with the commercials that their main priority is the student athlete and their health. that's a lie. >> the ncaa has not investigated any school for violating its safety rules. >> at least in the case of the nfl players is that they're professional athletes being paid millions of dollars, and they have lawyers, they have agents they have a union. they have all sorts of people protecting their interests vis-a-vis, the nfl, and the ownership.
6:50 am
at the college level, the players have none of that. >> the ncaa says student-athlete safety is a priority, and is in settlement talks with adrian's lawyers. >> i just pray it doesn't get worse. looking at these other football players, that had similar injuries i don't want him to get alzheimer's when he's 35 or, you know... i try not to think about it.
6:51 am
6:52 am
>> we're north of chicago where safety concerns drove players at northwestern university to seek a union. it's the day of the vote, and we're going to meet chris
6:53 am
gradone, the team's senior punter. >> you ready for today? historic day. >> in january, nearly every player on the team signed the petition to call a union vote. but by april, their coach had chipped away at that support. >> did you know where you stood? >> no, i didn't. >> you were a swing vote. >> he was personally offended that this whole thing was going on at his school. that's not what he wanted. that was actually a decent motivation for me to not want the union. >> the fact that you wouldn't want to disappoint your coach? >> yeah i feel like he's gotten me so much. got me in this school and got me this scholarship. i owe the guy a lot. >> gary kohlman is the players' lawyer. he cross examined coach fitzgerald at a labor board
6:54 am
hearing this winter. >> he allowed me to walk through, not day-by-day, but hour-by-hour almost the life of a college football player. and then, at the end of it, i asked him, "isn't it true that being a college football player is a full time job? it was the first time he pushed back and he said 'no.' i said 'that's interesting, because i have an article here in the chicago tribune, in which you said two years ago that being a college football player is a full time job. did you say that?' and he said 'yes'. >> even if you guys vote no, now the precedent for other schools. >> yeah, that was a big part of the message. >> that's big as far as why we started this in the first place. >> have you heard from administration about not being
6:55 am
able to go home on emergency leave to see your family? >> yeah, i don't believe in that tactic that they've used. they have said that if a union is brought in, all the benefits we get now are taken away and re-bargained for. so we might not get them back and we could actually lose benefits. >> there have been allegations by union supporters that northwestern engaged in unfair labor practices during the election campaign. that is simply not true. we point with great pride to the fact, that if you look at our football team, we have a 97 percent graduation rate, the best in the country. our gpa is over 3.0. >> it's also a school that is aggressively anti-union when it comes to grad students custodians, and all the rest of it. so they were not going to roll over for the athletes if they wanted to unionize. >> it's putting northwestern on the wrong side of history. >> some ex-northwestern players formed a group to advocate for current athletes.
6:56 am
kevin brown played for the wildcats from 1981 to 1985. >> when you look at the ncaa and northwestern is a part of this. so there's no distinction well that's an ncaa issue. no you're part of the association. so it's your issue as well. it's not just them. it's us. >> we've been talking and saying the same thing for many, many years. they said the same thing in the mid-80s and before. just to say we'll take care of you, after a while that rings kind of hollow. >> players are being exploited. we all know that, and the question is, what is it going to take to correct that? but it is a fact.
6:57 am
>> the players' ballots were not counted, and the election results not released. the school and the union are battling over whether players are employees under the law. that ruling will be made by the national labor relations board in washington, dc. >> this issue that started with kain colter in a classroom in northwestern has now grown much, much larger. house republicans have called hearing today in congress. >> we share the concerns of players that progress is too slow, but forming a union is not the answer. >> it is simply the wrong way to go to address these issues. the number of questions that are raised, are so myriad and wide ranging... >> would a union negotiate over the number and length of practices? perhaps a union would bargain over the number of games. if the school and union are at an impasse, would athletes go on strike? are these schools ready to make some tough decisions like
6:58 am
cutting support to other athletic programs like lacrosse field hockey, or even raising tuition? >> the list of grievances these players presented are a list of grievances that players could have presented 5 or 10 years ago across the college community but they haven't been addressed. whether or not you have the security of a scholarship, for how long, whether you have health insurance, stipends transfers...we've been over this. we've been over this and over this and over this... >> it's bringing us into a sea of complete uncertainty. >> the ncaa says it will fight the northwestern effort all the way to the supreme court. >> i'm not saying the ncaa created institutional racism and poverty in the us. but the ncaa consciously benefits, because they put
6:59 am
players from a particular background in a position where rocking the boat is lethal for their opportunities to be able to pull their family out of poverty. >> the ncaa has acknowledged that div i basketball and football are all about maximizing profits. it's no secret anymore, the curtain has been pulled back. >> they're generating an insane amount of money. they're being told what they can or cannot eat, what they can or cannot study, and it's reached a breaking point. there's no moral center anymore, the center will not hold, the center is not holding. when there's no controlling moral authority, and right now there is no controlling moral authority, the system can no longer exist.
7:00 am
>> a news celebration takes a deadly turn in shanghai. what sparked a wild stampede that killed dozens. >> growing frustration for family members of the victim of the airasia flight 8501. >> after spending more than a year in an egyptian