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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 even 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. and 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 president trump's attack on those who kneel in protest during the national anthem. similar acts of defiance seen before each game. players peacefully taking a knee, locking arms, some with fists raised in the air. the pittsburgh steelers among the teams choosing not to take
the field during the anthem. trump saying players should be fired or suspended. the nfl commissioner, owners, coaches and players sending a united message. and tonight, new comments from the president trump. here's mary bruce. >> reporter: on this football sunday -- ♪ oh say can you see >> reporter: 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 national anthem at forbes field ending with this moment. the patriots' tom brady, shoulder to shoulder with his teammates. in chicago, all but one of the steelers declined to take the field. the lone player who stood,
villanueva, a u.s. veteran. and in nashville, the anthem 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: tonight, he's doubling down. >> i think the ownership should do something about it. i think it's very, very disrespectful to our flag. >> reporter: and insists it has nothing to do with race. >> this has nothing to do with race or anything else. it has to do with respect for our country. >> reporter: on twitter, the president saying if nfl fans refused to go to games until players stop disrespecting our flag and country, you will see change taking place fast.
fire or suspend! 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, >> 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. steph 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 weighing in again tonight. 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 country and our flag. on twitter, he added standing with locked arms is good. kneeling is not acceptable. and tom, despite the president's recent comments, he insists he's not urging fans to boycott the nfl. tom? >> sending a mixed message. mary, thank you. and oakland a's rookie bruce maxwell, becoming the first major league baseball player taking a knee during the
anthem. outrage is building over the president's heated comments. here's ryan smith. >> reporter: tonight, growing backlash across the country. >> i hate you! >> reporter: fans in philadelphia clash over the controversy ignited by president trump. the nfl uniting. >> i guess we're all a 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 died 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. >> you guys make a lot of money, and they should stand during the national anthem. >> i voted for president trump, but there are other issues he should be more concerned with. >> we agree with standing up for the flag. >> 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 joins us from outside metlife stadium. i know you're talking to your sources in the nfl. are they saying this is only the beginning of the protests? >> reporter: emotions were running high among many players, and fans were generally supportive of the protests on sunday. that means there could be more protests to come. >> ryan, thank you. also breaking tonight, the deadly church shooting in tennessee. at least one killed, several wounded. authorities say the gunman wearing a mask, arrived at the church and opened fire. a church member standing up to the gunman. adrienne bankert is in tennessee. >> reporter: this small tennessee church, ripped apart by a 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 burnette chapel church of christ near nashville let out. >> this is a level one mass casualty incident. >> reporter: police say the gunman killed one in the parking lot, then made his way to the pulpit. >> 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 horror, 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 during the struggle. police say that heroic usher saved lives. >> the church usher is an extraordinarily brave
individual. >> reporter: tom, police are still trying to figure out the shooter's motives. he's a former member of the church, and the u.s. attorney's office is opening up a civil rights investigation into the shooting. >> a adrienne, thank you. next up, the u.s. with a show of force, sending a message to north korea. american bombers flying near the north korean coast. as president trump and the regime trade new insults. the president calling kim jong-un little rocket man. north korea warning that an attack on the u.s. is becoming more inevitable. 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 north korean/china border. and you told me something you've never seen before? >> the tension is growing. probably with more missile launches and nuclear tests. but bottom line, they have no idea what kim jong-un will do, he's unpredictable compared to his father and grandfather. 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 the contact administration officials, including reince priebus and steve bannon. let's turn now to puerto rico and the stunning devastation brought by hurricane maria.
authorities beginning to get a firsthand look at the destruction. families cut off with no power, water, or cell phone service. at least ten killed. the imminent threat at this hour, 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. it's going to be difficult to come back and get them. >> 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. >> most of these searchers we're doing, we're doing it boots on the ground. we're walking to it. >> reporter: across puerto rico, officials now describing conditions as "apocalyptic." for five days now, millions cut off from the rest of the world without water, fuel, or 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. and hurricane maria tonight closing in on the east coast. but will it hit the mainland? rob marciano just back from puerto rico. rob, we got to keep a close eye on maria. >> right now, it's a category 2
storm. 400 miles southeast of cape hatteras. a category storm by north carolina wednesday. and tropical storm watches posted for eastern parts of north carolina. cold front will kick it out. 92 degrees for five days in a row in chicago. that will kick maria to sea. and the republican health care bill in critical condition. two gop senators already saying they will vote no on the bill to repeal and replace obama care. ted cruz and susan collins saying they won't vote for it either. mitch mcconnell says he still wants a vote this week.
still ahead, the coffee recall. the brand that may be contaminated. plus, the air show catastrophe captured on video. thousands watching in horror. plus, the mysterious and dangerous clash between a drone and a military chopper. the dramatic new details, just coming in. at fidelity, trades are now just $4.95.
back now with a collision over the skies of the u.n. general assembly. the incident involving a drone and a military helicopter. raising 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 to land the black hawk safely at a new jersey airport. 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 headline just coming in. brand new details on the president's travel ban. the new proclamation from the white house tonight.
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revealing his new travel ban. the current ban expiring today. the president issuing a new order, imposing travel restrictions on chad, iran, nof north korea, syria, and yemen. now to the air show horror 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 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 caffeine of a regular cup, say throw it away or return it for a refund. they say they are halting production until they adjust their manufacturing process. and up next, when we come
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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. as he fights to take home a medal for team usa. >> 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. >> things like this hopefully can put a spotlight on something that i love and i want other disabled people to love. >> reporter: marci gonzales, abc news. >> thanks to marcy and the organizers of the invictus games, and all the incredible athletes. thanks so much for watching. i'm tom llamas in new york. "gma" first thing in the "gma" first thing in the morning.
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