slow hands ♪ this is "nightline." >> tonight, last chance u. meet the feisty 5'4" academic adviser giving elite football plarps a second chance at their gridiron dream. >> we took chances on a lot of kids that nobody else would take a chance on. >> mentoring troubled players around the country. now giving their all for their futures and their families. >> i don't have a plan "b." so it's either football. >> plus george and matt speaking out about the imagine who helped launch their careers. harvey weinstein, now speaking out. >> huh to spend five minutes
>> good evening. thanks for joining us. there are no doubt millions of young men dreaming of snagging the precious few slots in the nfl. many grew up facing adversity. you are about to meet a single mother who dedicated her life to get there. 12 of her students already have. >> how many of you want to leave here and go to college? >> it's just hours before the game but these football plarps in madison high in michigan are laser focused on this woman,wom, brittany wagner. >> you can do it. >> she knows the secret to success. a dozen nfl football players that were students. >> i begged and i pleaded and cried. >> she was at the east mississippi community college. a place where many were dropped from elite programs. >> i had a daughter.
>> i failed two drug tests. >> they ended up charges me with second degree felony. >> based in mississippi, netflix dubbed it "last chance u." what does it mean, the title? >> we took chances on a lot of kids that nobody else would take a chance on. >> they were the discards? >> yeah, and no one wanted a stig that ma with the kids with a record or deep academic or social issues. there are 120rryes in this room that if you told me, i would ntd believe. >> stories like dominic rouse. the senior with a lot riding on this season. >> football is everything. i have been playing the game since i was 8. >> team captain and middle linebacker, minicknamed butter. brittany is at this high school just outside detroit where
virtually all the students qualify for free lunch. >> these guys you saw on the tv show. they sat in locker rooms just like this. you going to get a big hit the for me tonight? >> she is training teachers and counselors to work with people like butter. >> you look at a lot of kids and you're like, same story, same story. >> what is the secret? >> i do think it's about caring about people. you don't see people as humans until you are human yourself. where we going? >> okay. >> they are all four together in a little clone. i don't think that's going to work. >> do athletes get special privileges? do they get to live by a different set of rules? >> i don't think so. for some, football is the only opportunity they have to be in college. and when you take that away from them, you take away all of that.
and now what? >> i feel anxious. i feel nervous, i feel excited. >> deandre johnson is one of the students. >> johnson does charged with misdemeanor battery and kicked off the football team. >> he made headlines for punching a woman in a bar. >> i totally have a walked away. >> he pled guilty to a misdeemer. >> a lot of people say, they will take chances on a lot of people but not that one. but again, do you ruin someone's entire life. >> he is now the quarterback at florida atlantic university. some people will say, look at the nfl. you get athletes that are dis behab misbehaving. ? >> do they? or is the microscope on them?
we have politicians doing the same thing. and we want someone to be the scapegoat and we peg it on athletes. up hated me. it's okay that you hated me. you don't hate me anymore. >> for players like ollie, football isn't just a game. >> i heard you got hurt yesterday? >> i had to do a tackle -- >> a lot of times when you look in the skutudents' home lives, they are really missing basics. >> i never really thought about it. i cannot imagine being 7, 8 years old and having to worry about what i was going to eat. and then we hold that kid to the same standard that we hold me to. how is that fair? we want to beat them up
because -- because they play football? because they make a mistake? it's a freaking miracle they are even functioning at 18. >> butter admits he made his fair share of mistakes. he had to fight to play football at madison high. superintendent randy speck gave him that chance. >> he said, i made mistakes and i'm ready to learn from it. when you see a young man say that, he can get five more chances. >> and butter says he wants to make good on the chances for his 1-year-old son, dominic jr. >> i see myself. it's a little me. >> he became father to little butter at age 15. >> my son right now, i'm still trying to be the best i can. i don't want him to feel like his dad don't love him. >> he said his own dad showed him a lot of love.
but the day before we met butter, his dad gave him news, he was going to prison. >> yesterday, i found out my dad -- so i mean -- >> that's deep. >> yeah. >> his father tells her son to take out his frustrations on the field. >> i think it's because of the situation. like he's got something to prove. >> despite the new impossible odds, she's convinced he will end up in the nfl. >> i have faith in him. i have faith in our god that it's going to happen. >> i don't have -- >> there needs to be a plan "b" for the rest of your life. you're not going to play football the rest of your life. but maybe not having a plan "b" will at least get to you a college. >> at eight year, brittany started his own firm 10,000 pencils to help kids around the country. speck was among the first to hire here. why do you place so much faith
in brittany? >> if you understand relationships and commitments, you will get results. >> speck has skmicommitments fo double-double improvement on the district test scores. >> you cannot have success in challenging places without dedemps, without grace. you have to have it. >> now brittany is working across the district to 3wi8d relationships. counselors like stacy coaly say the tips and tricks are working. >> we don't have anyone slipping through the cracks anymore. >> is success to you a sort of glittering nfl contract? >> no. i have had players call me and say miss wagner, i'm a truck driver. and you know what? i have insurance. miss wagner, i have a schoolteacher. i teach biology at mir high
school and i'm coaching the quarterback at the high school. success. >> you don't count it in football? >> no, you have wins and losses in life moren the wins. up next, george clooney and matt damon speaking out about their mentor harvey weinstein. what they say they saw about his behavior. but wondered, was this the best treatment for me? so i made a point to talk to my doctor. he told me about eliquis. eliquis treats dvt and pe blood clots and reduces the risk of them happening again. not only does eliquis treat dvt and pe blood clots. eliquis also had significantly less major bleeding than the standard treatment. eliquis had both... ...and that turned around my thinking. don't stop eliquis unless your doctor tells you to. eliquis can cause serious and in rare cases fatal bleeding.
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weinstein but not their silence. he helped launch their movie careers. what they say needs to happen now. here is abc's michael >> harvey would talk to me about women he had affairs with. and i don't believe him to be honest with you. and he was proud of that. >> george clooney and matt damon now coming to terms with the disturbing allegations of abuse on their former mentor, h weinste weinstein. >> you had to spend five minutes with him. >> he helped launch them to stardom. for george, the to dawn" and for matt, it was "good will hunting".
>> i did five movies in quick success. he signed me up in a deal. i don't work with him after a that. it was the height of his power. and that was his legend. that was his m.o. could you survive a meeting with harvey? could you stand up for yourself and the people who worked for him, i'm coming here to make movies. miramax was the place that was making movies in the '90s. that is not what i thought was going on. i knew the story from he was with her. i never talked to her about it. ben told me. but they had come to an agreement or understanding they had come to. she had handled it and slee was t the first lady of miramax,
always. >> the idea that this predator is out there insultiassaulting it's scary and i want to know all of it. >> the #metoo showing how widespread the problem of sexual assault is. many alisters sha sha sha sha 12 stories. >> quintin tarantino has come out. >> he didn't do it in the open. there was an event or something in public with harvey and there was a woman who was some how assault sbed and i some how mis it, i'm sorry. >> what do you do? >> there las to be a come
i ance and you have to have a warning shot over the bow over anyone who would act like that. you will be outed and out of a business and more, you might be prosecuted. >> what about your kids? what is the conversation? this is not just a hollywood problem? >> having four daughters, i say the most important thing is to give them -- i will be behind them with a shotgun. all that stuff. but the reality is you have to give them a self-e steam. you are not going to be with them. you have to trust they are going to make the right decisions and be able to protect themselves. >> and change. that's it. none of this matters at all unless it becomes impossible to happen. and we're all going to be come police sit in that. and that is a conversation you have to have with your kids, when my kids can talk. that's important. >> it's easy to see why george
clooney and matt damon have stayed friends for almost 20 years. we quaul part talent and charm, they are have a deep bond on and off the screen. they first shared the screen in "ocean's 1 1" followed by a handful of other collaborations but in the latest, "suburbicon," they are in new roles. george stepping behind the camera with matt as his leading man. how is it to work with your friend when he is directing? does it challenge your friendship? >> easy. easy, steady. >> no no, i don't want to talk about him like he's not here. >> act like he's not here. >> he is great at the what he does. >> the film a dark and dwised sat tight in the summer of 1959. the plot line of a community shaken to its core when a black
family moves into a neighborhood. >> there is a lovely family that just moved in the naeighborhood that is getting blamed for everything. and meanwhile, i'm riding a bike down the street covered in glad to and people are like -- >> look the real problem right there. and i'm looking at you right now, you're in great shape. i looked at the movie and i'm like, man, you wanted a dad bod, you got it. >> that is big. i was over 200 pounds. that is big for me. >> he just -- not long had done a bourne movie and i had seen pictures of hirm cut and built. and i was like, don't show up like that. and he walked in like the pillsbury dough boy. i was like, there we go. >> it's me being a professional. >> now, clooney's a new dad with twins ella and alexander.
>> you have twins. >> i have twins just like you. >> what do you do? >> they're like -- one wakes the other one up. and here's the other thing. i want to get into this now. three days ago, we started them on a little thing called solid foods. >> ooh. >> i have been diaper man. i'm like, no problem. and then you suddenly go -- ah! >> yesterday morning was a wake-up call. wow, it was crazy. >> i tell you what. once you get through that, you can change a diaper like you pro, you can do anything. >> i can change a diaper like a pro. >> it's the greatest thing you will ever do. you cannot imagine having a single child once you have twins. it will seem too easy and when people come plaplain about one you will go, shut your mouth. you have to do it for three years. three years of hardship.
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and finally tonight, after nearly five decades, a hero gets his due. receiving the medal of honor today, a tremendous act of bravery. here is abc's david wright. >> gary michael rose enlisted as a combat medic in vietnam. at age 22 on a secret mission behind annie lines, his unit was under attack. he was the only medic for more than 100 men. so for four days in the jungle, he treated his comrades.