ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 25, 2017
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(White House: Cecilia Vega) The angry backlash against President Trump's criticism of player protests featured; player photos, video of player Colin Kaepernick protesting police brutality & racial injustice & yesterday's player reactions, including Alejandro Villanueva, a veteran standing alone, shown; details given about the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, after which Trump referred to "fine people." [September 23, TRUMP - suggests the NFL owners get "the son of a bitch" off the field": he's fired.] [Today, TRUMP - says this is not about race, but respect for our country.] [Voice of player Tom BRADY, Trump supporter Rex RYAN - disagree with what Trump said.] [In response to Vega question, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee SANDERS - says this is about the president being in support for the American flag.] The White House support for Trump on this issue & what Villanueva is saying to his team discussed; late Trump tweet quoted.
(Studio: David Muir) Report introduced.
(Glendale, Arizona: Matt Gutman) The battle over the national anthem protests & the resulting tension between fans examined; Trump tweet about NASCAR quoted; scenes shown of Pittsburgh Steelers fan Jim Heaney burning team gear. [Basketball player LeBron JAMES - says kids look up to the president, but it is about equality & the freedom to speak.] [Former football player Terry BRADSHAW - backs freedom.] [On ABC, November 15, TRUMP - promises to bring people together.] [Outside stadium, black MAN - says it's white versus black.] The response to the protests from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed.