Trump takes on NBA and NFL stars

The president took shots at NFL players kneeling for the national anthem at a campaign rally and then disinvited NBA champion Steph Curry from the White House over Twitter.
3:41 | 09/24/17

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And good morning on this football Sunday where we are witnessing an extraordinary mixture of sports and politics. Not just football. Trump at war with some of America's most popular athletes including Lebron James and Steph curry. It all started Friday night when the president used profanity to bash NFL players like Colin Kaepernick who kneel during the national anthem to protest social injustice against African-Americans. This morning on@ twitterer, the president tweeted, if NFL fans refuse to go the games until plirs stop disrespecting our flag and country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend. This morning, we're expecting more players to join Kaepernick. This is ravens-jaguars at wembley stadium. Now the protest is spreading to baseball. Overnight, this is Bruce Maxwell from the Oakland a's taking a knee. All against the back grop of a new ABC news/"washington post" poll. Saying 66% of Americans have done more to divide the country. Yet the poll shows his approval ratings up slightly. We begin with Mary Bruce. Reporter: The president this morning is picking the fight with two of the world's largest sports leagues and some of their most influential stars. And he's not backing down. He's added fuel to the argument over race, politics, sports. This morning, the president versus the players. As trump sparks a political war with professional sports. It started with this jab and profanity about football players like Colin Kaepernick who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial and social injustice. Zbluld won't you like to see fl own owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, get that son of a Out. Reporter: The president tweeted if a layer wants the the privilege of making millions of dhars in the NFL or other lesion, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our great American flag and the national anthem. The NFL fired back saying divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our players. The owners collectively donated more than $7 million to trump's campaign. Trump is take on basketball, too. After NBA champion Steph curry said he would vote against a golden state warriors visit to the white house. I don't want to go. That's really. 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 57s spops, you bum. Curry already said he ain't going. Going to the white house was great honor, until you showed up. For the president who promised to bring people together -- I think I'll bring people together. That includes blacks, whites, and everything. Reporter: Now he's inserting himself into the debate over race in America. All eyes on today's game. If the has encouraged stoons leave the stadium in players decide to kneel during the national anthem. Others are encouraging the players to take a knee now more than ever. Mary produy Bruce at the white house.

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