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Trump / NFL Anthem Protests #1116301

ABC Evening News for Sunday, Sep 24, 2017
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(Studio: Tom Llamas) The collision of politics & sports with the NFL response to President Trump's criticism of the players kneeling during the national anthem at pro football games introduced; photos shown.

(Washington: Mary Bruce) The NFL message to the president with growing opposition & the battle with the NBA, too, featured; scenes shown from several football fields, including Alejandro Villanueva from Pittsburgh Steelers. [On Friday, TRUMP - suggests the NFL owners get "that son of a bitch off the field": he's fired.] [Tonight, TRUMP - calls it disrespectful & not to do with race.] Trump tweets & a statement from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell defending the NFL quoted. [On ABC, in 2015, TRUMP - promises to bring people together.] [NBA player Steph CURRY - says he does not want to go to the White House.] Tweet from Trump in response to Curry & from pro basketball player LeBron James quoted. What Trump said about the football games today discussed.

(Studio: Tom Llamas) Report introduced.

(East Rutherford, New Jersey: Ryan Smith) The growing backlash to Trump introduced; scenes shown of baseball player Bruce Maxwell & singer Stevie Wonder taking a knee, football players with owners in solidarity. [Former NFL coach Rex RYAN†, former player Terry BRADSHAW- criticize Trump for calling players SOBs.] Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who donated to Trump, also quoted. [Four FANS - offer differing opinions on the issue.] The prospects for more sports protests discussed.

Llamas, Tom;
Bruce, Mary;
Smith, Ryan

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