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tonight, president trump versus the nfl. across the country, the biggest plays happening before the game. a show of solidarity and defiance against the president. players taking a knee, locking arms during the national anthem. some teams staying off the field. tom brady, one of football's biggest stars, with his hand over his heart. >> i hate you! >> fans on both sides screaming over the issue. as president trump unleashes an endless stream of tweets on game day. also breaking, the deadly church shooting. the gunman wearing a mask, opening fire.
the church member who confronted him. show of force. american bombers flying the closest to north korea in nearly two decades. president trump calling kim jong-un "little rocket man" as north korean leaders say targeting the u.s. mainland is more inevitable. and, dangerous turn? the crippled dam in puerto rico. thousands rushing to get to higher ground. and hurricane maria's new path. the new watch just issued for the east coast. and good evening. thanks for joining us on this sunday. i'm tom llamas. we begin tonight with the unescapable head-on collision of politics and sports. many nfl players responding to trump's attack on those who kneel in protest during the national anthem. players peacefully taking a knee, locking arms, some with fists raid
the steelers choosing not to take the field during the anthem. trump saying players should be fired or suspended. urging fans to stop attending games until such protests start. mary bruce starts us off. >> reporter: on this football sunday -- ♪ oh say can you see >> reporter: tonight, the nfl is sending a message to president trump. from detroit to buffalo, and all the way to london, as the anthem plays, the chorus of opposition from the field is growing. players and coaches kneeling together. arms linked, fists raised in solidarity. the patriots' tom brady, shoulder to shoulder with his teammates. in chicago, all but one of the steelers declined to take the field. not wanting the players to have to choose sides. and in
blaring out over an empty field. the titans and the seahawks sitting out the anthem together. it started with this jab, and crude language, from the president on friday. taking on football players like colin kaepernick, who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice. >> when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, "get that son of a [ bleep ] off the field right now, out. he's fired. he's fired! >> reporter: then doubling down. >> i think it's very, very disrespectful to our flag. this has nothing to do with race or anything else. it has to do with respect for our country. >> reporter: then he doubled down in a barrage of tweets. saying, "if nfl fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our flag and country, you will see change take place fast. fire or suspend!" >> reporter: but the nfl is backing its players. in an unusually strong rebuke,
the commissioner says, "divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the nfl, our great game and all of our players." for the president who vowed to bring the country together. >> i think i'll bring people together. and that includes blacks and whites and everything. i think people will come together." >> reporter: now, 66% of americans say he is doing more to divide the country than unite it, tonight, the president is again at the center of the debate over race in america. >> he's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us. >> reporter: and it's not just football. trump is taking on basketball too, after nba champion steph curry said he didn't want to visit the white house. >> i don't want to go. that's really it. >> reporter: trump then beat him to it, disinviting him. tweeting, "going to the white house is considered a great honor for a championship team. stephen curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is
withdrawn!" lebron james' first response? "you bum. curry already said he isn't going. going to the white house was a great honor until you showed up." >> mary, from outside fedexfield, and president trump clearly watching some of the games today? >> reporter: the president said he did watch some of today's games, but he said he saw tremendous solidarity for our flag and country. he said standing with locked arms is good, kneeling is not acceptable. and oakland a's rookie taking a knee as well. here's ryan smith.
>> i hate you! >> reporter: fans in philadelphia clash over the controversy ignited by president trump. the nfl uniting. >> i guess we're all son of a [ bleep ]. >> reporter: former head coach rex ryan campaigned for trump, but had harsh words today. >> i'm pissed off, i'll be honest with you. because i supported donald trump. calling our players s.o.b.s and all that kind of stuff. that's not the men that i know. the men that i know in the locker room i'm proud of. >> reporter: hall of fame quarterback terry bradshaw disagrees with the protest, but stands behind the protesters' right to do it. >> if our country stands for anything, folks, what, it's freedom. people die for that freedom. i'm not sure if our president understands those rights. >> reporter: owners from six teams taking the field during the anthem in support of their players. half of them making statements in solidarity. patriots owner bob kraft is a well known friend of trump, even flying on air force one,
donating $1 million to his inaugural committee. but today saying he's, "deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments" and "there is no greater unifier in this country than sports. unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics." we spoke to fans across the country and that divide is clear. >> i stand for those who stand for us. >> i voted for president trump, but there are other issues he should be keeping an eye on. >> reporter: the take a knee hashtag tweeted roughly 2 million times. >> tonight i'm taking a knee for america. >> reporter: singer stevie wonder and his son kneeling at the global citizens concert last night. oakland a's baseball player bruce maxwell showing his support. and tonight, the nfl will play this ad in primetime showing how football can unify. >> inside these lines, we may have our differences, but recognize there's more that
unites us. >> ryan, from outside metlife stadi stadium. is this only the beginning of the protests? >> reporter: emotions were running high among many players, and there was general support among fans for the protests on sunday. that means there could be more protests to come. >> ryan, thanks so much. also breaking tonight, the deadly church shooting in tennessee. authorities say the gunman arrived at the church and opened fire. a church member standing up to the gunman. adrienne bankert is in tennessee with more. >> reporter: this small tennessee church, ripped apart by a masked gunman on a deadly shooting rampage. >> the church of christ people have been shot at that location. >> reporter: the first calls
came in at 11:15 a.m. as the service at the burnette chapel church of christ let out. >> this is a level one mass casualty incident. >> well, the guy came from the right side of the church, and he was just shooting. he was just shooting, he came right to the middle and shot more. >> reporter: minerva rosa's dress bloody from helping the pastor, one of seven hurt along with 68-year-old linda bush. >> she was pretending to be dead so he wouldn't shoot her again. >> reporter: after several minutes of terror, robert ingle, a church usher, confronting the shooter. >> he tackled him, he was hurt in his head, and without him i think it could have been worse. >> reporter: the gunman, now identified by police as 25-year-old emanual samson, shot police say that heroic usher saved lives today. >> the church usher is an extraordinarily brave individual. >> reporter: tom, police are still trying to figure out the shooter's motive.
he's a former member of the church, and is expected to be charged with murder. next, the u.s. with a show of force, sending a message to north korea. american bombers flying near the north korean coast. the president calling kim jong-un little rocket man. here's bob woodruff. >> reporter: american b-1 bombers and f-15 fighter jets took off in the night, flying farther north of the dmz than any time in nearly two decades. while in pyongyang this weekend, thousands marched through the streets during a rally against the u.s. the show of force from both nations comes as the volley of insults reaches an alarming level. president trump tweeted saturday, "just heard foreign minister of north korea speak at u.n. if he echoes thoughts of little
rocket man they won't be around much longer." his tweet comes after the north korean foreign minister slammed the president at the united nations, calling him "a mentally deranged person" who "committed an irreversible mistake." days earlier, president trump in the same venue with that warning. >> if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy north korea. >> reporter: north korea then threatened to test a hydrogen bomb above the pacific ocean, something they have never done before. >> everything he has said he would do. i will test a hydrogen bomb, i will send an icbm test. he's done. so why wouldn't he test a hydrogen bomb over the pacific? >> i think the likelihood is there that he will test a bomb at some point. >> and bob joins us live. you've been covering north korea for more than a decade, you were just on the border. and you told me something you've never seen
>> the tension is growing. on the chinese side, they're very honest with us. they're afraid there could be some kind of nuclear battle. they're afraid, if the regime collapses, they could pour into china, damage their economy. and they're afraid if that happens, the u.s. forces could come up against the border with china eventually, and that has a lot of fear in their lives. >> thank you. and the breaking headline about jared kushner. reports that he used private e-mail for white house business. the account set up after the election, but before the inauguration. used to contact reince priebus and steve bannon. let's turn now to puerto rico and the
devastation brought by hurricane maria. authorities getting a firsthand look at the destruction. families cut off with no power, water, or cell phone service. at least ten killed. and a dam in danger of failing. thousands rushing to higher ground. here's eva pilgrim. >> reporter: tonight, a dire situation. officials warning this dam in puerto rico could fail at any moment. >> we're encouraging folks to leave. >> reporter: aerial footage showing the spillway overflowing and ripping up everything in its path. now the dam itself, more than three football fields wide, cracked and threatening to collapse. rescuers say getting to those in need is difficult. >> reporter: across puerto rico, officials now describing conditions as "apocalyptic." for five days now, millions cut-off from the rest of the world without
power. >> i know we're not going to get to everybody in time. >> reporter: the line for just $20 of gas stretching for blocks. >> eight hours waiting for gas. >> reporter: as desperation mounts, an argument erupts moments after this gas station shuts down. after a three-hour wait, bertha melendez is empty-handed. >> i'm very mad because this is an emergency. >> reporter: facing months without power, maria is now being called the biggest catastrophe the island has ever seen. authorities watching to see how much water pushes into this collapsed spillway. tonight, that evacuation is still in place. tom? >> eva, thank you. hurricane maria tonight closing in on the east coast. but will it hit? rob marciano just back from puerto rico. rob, we got to keep
>> it will get close to the u.s., but not a direct hit. right now, it's a category 2 storm, 400 miles southeast of cape hatteras. winds that extend 150 miles west. tropical storm watches posted. and heat across the eastern half of the country. the fifth day of 92-plus in chicago. they've never had heat that long, this late in the season. that cold front will cool us off, and push maria out to the sea, we hope. >> thank you. and angela merkel voted in for a fourth term. but a strong showing for far right candidates. the alternative for germany party vowing to get our country
back now with a collision over the skies of the u.n. general assembly. raising many new questions tonight. here's erielle reshef. >> reporter: tonight, the push to find the pilot who slammed a drone into this black hawk helicopter. the crash, the first between a drone and a military aircraft. it happened just 500 feet above a new york neighborhood. the faa says it's illegal to fly private drones that high. the 82nd airborne pilot managed
the chopper, tasked with patrolling the united nations general assembly, temporarily grounded because of damage to the blades and window. this fragment of the drone, the only clue about who may have been flying it. >> sooner or later we are going to lose an airplane to a drone due to a collision. >> reporter: law enforcement increasingly dealing with these high-flying hazards. >> we just had a near midair collision with a drone. >> reporter: this summer, a drone came within 100 feet of a state police aircraft in massachusetts. another inched dangerously close to a police chopper in north carolina. >> it could have been a catastrophic event. >> reporter: tom, none of the paratroopers inside the black hawk were injured. the 82nd airborne division says its pilot had no warning a drone was nearby. tom? >> erielle, thank you. when we come back, the new warning from homeland security about the recent acid attacks overseas. stay with us.
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back now with our ibs iks. "index." to the air show overseas. an italian air force jet completing a loop mid-performance failing to get enough altitude and plunging down into the sea. it happened south of rome. officials saying that pilot was killed. and the warning following acid attacks in europe. the latest incident in east london. police say six people were doused with a poisonous substance. a teenager under arrest. and the boston college students studying abroad, sprayed with acid in france. neither considered a terror attack. the department of homeland security here warning americans to be on the lookout for homegrown violent extremists who might adapt this tactic here in the u.s. and we're also following a coffee recall. the fda saying watch out for nitro brew made by the death wish coffee company. this is not a joke. the 11-ounce cans may contain botulism, a potentially fatal food poisoning. makers of the coffee, which has about four or five times the
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and leaving him with a spinal cord injury. colonel daniel dudek, taking on this challenge, on the track and in the pool. he is one of the 550 injured military veteran athletes from 17 countries competing in this year's invictus games in toronto. now in his 26th year of military service, he is still on active duty. >> i'm gonna beat my times, i'm gonna do what i can to win. >> reporter: and in the crowds, the creator of the invictus games, prince harry. >> he is a warrior, i feel like he is one of us. >> reporter: first lady melania trump also there. but for dudek, the focus is on the inspiration this competition can spark, for wounded warriors, heroes, just like him. >> hopefully can put a spotlight on something that i love and i want other disabled people to love. >> reporter: marci gonzales, abc news. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma"
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