Transcript for More NFL players join peaceful protest against racial inequality
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 pittsbgh 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 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: Tbump 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.
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