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this is "nightline." >> tonight, sidelined. eagles team leaders speaking out after being disinvited from their own super bowl celebration with the president. some by not speaking at all. >> are you not going to say anything today? >> the white house accusing the players of staging a political stunt. >> the eagles are the ones that tried to change their commitment at the 11th hour. >> what's really behind the growing friction between the president and the nfl? plus out of the ash. after the devastating eruptions in guatemala, a searing-hot cloud of ash enveloping entire towns. rescue workers racing against the clock, desperate to find life. at least 99 killed, 200 missing.
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good evening. tonight we take you inside the locker room with the philadelphia eagles whose cinderella victory at the super bowl is being clouded by controversy after president trump disinvited the team from a celebratory visit to the white house. abc's linsey davis on what the players were saying today and what one player was not saying. >> what are we listening to? >> reporter: three and a half minutes of silence. three and a half minutes of statistics. three and a half minutes of saying so much without speaking a single word. >> are you not going to say anything today? just going to use these posters? >> reporter: philadelphia eagles safety malcolm jenkins addressed the media today for the first time since president trump canceled the eagles' white house visit. among the several signs he held this one, which read "you aren't listening." jenkins, one of the league's most outspoken activists, refused to answer questions
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about the controversy, highlighting the very issues that first inspired some nfl players to take a knee during the national anthem in the first place. police brutality. prison reform. jenkins also honoring players who protested in the name of social justice, calling them true patriots. and when he was finished -- >> is there anything you want to say on camera? >> it's pretty much said here. appreciate it. >> thanks, malcolm. >> reporter: jenkins simply walked away from the cameras. >> what i saw malcolm jenkins doing in that locker room was saying, the president is not listening to my words. he kept putting up that sign, "you're not listening." he's trying to find a way to communicate to the president in a way that words seem, at least for him, to have failed. >> reporter: today's scene played out as the eagles returned to the football field one day after they were supposed to celebrate their first super bowl victory in the nation's capital. >> we couldn't be closer as a team. you look around, we didn't have the success we had last year by not being tight. >> reporter: defensive end chris
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long, a critic of president trump, refused to go to the white house last year when he won the super bowl with the patriots. today he wouldn't even say the president's name. >> past couple of years i haven't been interested in going to take a photo at the white house with that individual. so at the end of the day, i can only speak for myself. that's the beautiful thing about america, everybody has the right to feel however they want to feel. certainly every player in this locker room has a different view on the world. and those fans do too. and i celebrate that right. >> reporter: monday night, president trump disinvited the eagles after it became clear fewer than ten players would reportedly show up. eagles coach doug peterson says he had personally been looking forward to going to the white house. >> we did something last season that was very special, a milestone in the city of philadelphia, our organization. and i was looking forward to going down and being recognized as world champions. >> there's an emotional connection to this team based on years of frustration and disappointment. and they want to enjoy all the accouterments of winning a super
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bowl. and going to the white house is part of that celebration. and that was denied to people here in philadelphia, and i think people are disappointed. ♪ god bless america >> reporter: the white house said the eagles disagree with their president because he insisted they proudly stand for the national anthem. but not a single member of the team ever kneeled for the national anthem last season. some players, including malcolm jenkins, did stand and raise their fists. >> previous presidents have seen themselves as sort of neutral celebrators representing the country. so it's their job in their mind not to use it as a political event, but use it as an event to celebrate a victory that we're all proud to be americans. >> reporter: yesterday, press secretary sarah sanders accused the eagles of playing politics during questioning from abc's jonathan karl. >> the president aware that not a single player on the eagles through the entire season knelt for the national anthem? >> there were 80 members of the eagles organization that rsvp'd
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and committed to attend this event as recently as friday. >> why is he acting like this is about the national anthem? >> if this wasn't a political stunt by the eagles franchise, then they wouldn't have planned to attend the event and then backed out at the last minute. sno . ♪ o say can you see >> reporter: instead president trump held an event he called celebration of america, many in the crowd white house and government employees. the heated debate played out on the white house lawn where one man took a knee in protest. >> we love our country. we respect our flag. and we always proudly stand for the national anthem. we always will stand for the national anthem. >> i think one of the questions is, how ultimately does the nfl respond to this? i think the nfl is going to have to step up and decide where's their moral compass? and it cannot be directed and run by donald trump. >> reporter: this latest chapter in the battle between the president and the nfl comes just two weeks after the league changed its policy on the
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national anthem which says players on the field must stand during the anthem or their teams will be fined. those who wish to protest without penalty can stay in the locker room until the song is over. seattle seahawk doug baldwin says the new rule reflects a disconnect between the league and many of its players. >> i wasn't surprised because of the lack of empathy and the lack of understanding. but again, disappointed that there wasn't more progress that we haven't come further than where we have. >> reporter: he's been an outspoken supporter of the athletes who are protesting. >> what i do for the anthem, i stand with my head bowed in prayer, praying for safety and thankful for the opportunity to go out there and play the sport that i love. >> reporter: the national anthem became an american flmeramerica in the ongoing struggle with racial injustice two years ago when san francisco 49er colin kaepernick began sitting then kneeling to protest racial injustice and police brutality in america. in solidarity, over 200 nfl
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players, coaches, and owners followed suit, taking a knee or sitting for the anthem, a kind of political rorschach test seen as either an active nonviolent protest -- >> we back them 100%, they're my family, brothers. >> reporter: or a sign of disrespect. >> a lot of these players today are young. >> reporter: fanning the flames of that divided view. >> went you love to see one of these nfl owners when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, get that [ bleep ] off the field right now, out, he's fired. >> there ain't no dividing us. you know what i'm saying? i guess we're all [ bleep ]. >> you know what's ironic about this situation? just today the president pardoned somebody after listening to kim kardashian's pleas for that pardon. >> i want to thank president donald john trump. >> a week or so ago, he pardoned jack johnson, the famous boxer, after listening to sylvester
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stallone. but when it comes to the nfl players saying they want to talk about social justice causes? he doesn't seem to want to listen. and i think that's what draws the ire of these players. >> welcome, everyone, to the white house -- >> reporter: this is not the first time the president has rescinded an invite. last year he called off the celebration for the nba champs the golden state warriors after star steph curry said he didn't want to go. >> throws it off the backboard! >> reporter: the 2018 finals are happening now, and basketball's biggest stars have already said the white house shouldn't count on a visit from this year's winner either. >> i mean, i know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. so it won't be golden state or cleveland going. >> i agree with lebron. the way we handled things last year, kind of stay consistent with that. >> reporter: president trump did break the tradition of inviting league winners by not we'ving out at all to the wnba champs, the minnesota lynx. they went to d.c. this week
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anyway to perform a day of service. for the eagles, it's now back to business. the super bowl champions prepping for a new season, saddled with expectations and now controversy. >> the most important thing going forward, linsey, now in my view, is what happens august 9th? when they line up to play pittsburgh? in the first preseason game. how many players are on the sideline, how many players go into the locker room during the playing of the national anthem? >> reporter: two more months until we find out. for "nightline," i'm linsey davis in philadelphia. next, waves of lava gushing down a mountainside in guatemala and the race to save lives down below. and later, one cliff diver's dream plunge off an antarctic iceberg. why he's doing it. woman 1: proof of less joint pain... woman 2: ...and clearer skin.
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(car door closes) (sound of engine starting) from far away the images of guatemala's fuego volcano are breathtaking. on the ground it is a living nightmare. entire villages are blanketed in ash with a catastrophic death toll. some people fear every member of their family has been lost. abc's victor ar kkendo is right there. >> reporter: a brilliant flash of fire. a plume of smoke blocking out the sun. torrents of lava barreling down the mountainside as fast as 100 miles per hour. at temperatures of up to 1,300 degrees fahrenheit. in an instant, towns, roads, and
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trees completely engulfed by a searing-hot lethal cloud. images from the eruption of guatemala's fuego on sunday seem apocalyptic. kaitlin and aidan were camping near the volcano when it erupted, capturing this video as they fled. do you feel lucky right now? >> yes. definitely. >> it's a lot to describe for sure. >> reporter: areas once vibrant and alive now frozen by the ash. entire towns trapped in that moment of terror, drawing comparisons to pompeii. she just wants help finding her family. for many, the wave of destruction hit so suddenly, they had just seconds to flee.
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they thought it was just regular smoke at first, then it just turned into something that they'd never seen before. you started screaming once you saw that was coming? >> uh-huh. >> reporter: once the initial eruption subsided, rescue workers racing against time, suited up in a frantic search for the almost 200 still missing in the destruction. we were there with a rescue team at one of the hardest-hit villages as the volcano suddenly erupted again without warning. the volcano's wrath forcing us and the team to flee, the ground too hot to maneuver. locals tell me they never expected the flow from the volcano to come down this way, but that is exactly what happened. it destroyed everything in its path. homes, cars, buildings. now there are firefighters, volunteers, carrying out an active search and rescue mission. today experts don't believe any other volcanic activity is
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imminent, but they are also doubtful that any more of the missing will be found alive. the death toll now at 99 and expected to climb higher. against the odds, they search, including these firefighter looking for two of their own who they haven't seen since the disaster. glendi lopez says she lost most of her family, 13, among them her two children. where were they? they lived there? yet there have been miraculous escapes and recoveries. these police officers nearly overcome by smoke. ash covering their car. but the men escaping with their lives. and small miracles. this baby pulled from the rubble and lifted to safety. and tuesday, a dog recovered in the rubble.
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he's saying the dog was behind several cables when he found it in an apartment building and it was very nervous when he found it. you're a lucky dog here. also in the aftermath, acts of international kindness. shriners hospital in galveston, texas, receiving six children badly burned in the eruption. mississippi air national guard c-17 providing transport. the ash from the eruption spewed to heights of nearly 33,000 feet above sea level and spread as far as guatemala city, 40 miles away, affecting 1.7 million people. these latest images of fiery destruction reminiscent of the eruptions that incinerated parts of hawaii's big island last month. mt. kilauea lobbing lava bombs in the air, shooting methane through cracks in the earth. >> that's the fissure that we've been looking at for a couple of days now. >> reporter: my colleague matt gutman was on scene. >> that lava being geysered up
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in the air probably 100, 150 feet up. >> reporter: that eruption displaced hundreds, destroying at least 117 homes and buildings. and incinerated miles of the state's picture-perfect landscape. >> i've been in hawaii pretty much my whole life, born and raised, and i've never seen anything this big. >> reporter: that volcano still smoking today, but no deaths or serious injuries have been reported. a far cry from the loss in central america. a key difference, volcan de fuego is located on the ring of fire, a belt characterized by extreme earthquakes and powerful volcanos. many of these eruptions on the ring of fire are pyroclastic, meaning the hot gas and volcanic matter move not slowly and plodding like what we see in hawaii, but at a rapid pace. this coupled with the lack of advance warning contributing to the very different fallouts. in guatemala, they plan funerals and temporary shelters,
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thousands force trd their homes sleeping on the floor, many places like this, left to wonder how they can possibly rebuild. they're not sure when he's going to be able to return home, he's saying it's still too dangerous for him right now. for glendi, the ones she once loved most in this world now being pulled from underneath the vast expanse of gray ash. this mountainside, she says, will never be home again. for "nightline," i'm victor oquendo in guatemala. next here, we switch gears entirely. talk about commitment. what one man did to help save the environment. hear that sizzle? yeah. red lobster's lobster & shrimp summerfest is back! get all the lobster and shrimp you crave, together in so many new ways. there's new cedar plank seafood bake. tender maine lobster and shrimp, cedar roasted to perfection.
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