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Dad Ignores Son, Calls Police on Innocent Black Man; Retired Soccer Star Brandi Chastain Discusses Women's Soccer Win, No White House Invitation Yet & Their Fight for Equal Pay. Aired 1:30-2p ET

Aired July 9, 2019 - 13:30   ET



[13:33:17] BRIANNA KEILAR, CNN HOST: A new video of a man calling the cops on an innocent black man, despite the pleas of the man who was calling's child. It has now gone viral. A young boy tearfully begging his father not to call the police on the man who was simply waiting for his friend at a San Francisco apartment building. But his dad made the call anyway. Watch.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, there's a trespasser in my building.

UNIDENTIFIED BOY: Dad, don't. Let's go.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Listen to your son.

UNIDENTIFIED BOY: Daddy, go. I agree with him, daddy. It's better. Let's go. Please. I don't like this. I don't like this. Daddy, I don't like this. Let's go.


KEILAR: Our Stephanie Elam is following the story.

Stephanie, what can you tell us about this incident?

STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. A lot of people are reacting to that young son, Brianna. We hear him saying, please don't, daddy, I agree with him, daddy, please don't, as the father is calling the police on this man who said he was waiting for his friend.

If you watch the whole video, you can see the father is saying, just show me who you're going to call on the box and I'll leave you alone if you show me, and the man who is filming the video says, I don't have to show you anything, I'm waiting for a friend. That's when he picks up the phone and calls.

If you watch the video further, you see that the friend does arrive and that is when the man in the video does hang up the phone.

But obviously, we've seen instance incidences like this before/

We did reach out to both men. We were not able to contact the man in the video as of yet.

But we have been able to reach out to the man who shot the video. He did give CNN this statement. I want to read it to you, Brianna. In part, he says, "Unfortunately, this incident mirrors the experience that African-Americans endure daily while we are questioned on whether we belong. I videotaped this incident to protect myself and to support my story should police get involved. In fact, I was vindicated when the police arrived by showing them this video."

[13:35:15] He went on in this note to say, too, that he's an American, a brother, a son and an ambitious engineer who loves to code. "And I want to greatly contribute to the tech world in San Francisco, a city that I love."

But obviously, a lot of people reacting to the fact that this young boy seemed very determined to try to get his father to stop, and he did not.

KEILAR: All right, Stephanie. More questions about this. We know that you'll continue reporting. Thank you so much, Stephanie Elam.

We have more on our breaking news. The president defending his labor secretary as calls grow on Alex Acosta to resign over his role in the plea deal for the indicted millionaire accused in an alleged underage sex trafficking ring.

Plus -- I'll be honest, this is my favorite segment of the day.

We have Brandi Chastain joining us to talk about the U.S. women's soccer team returning home for their victory lap. How they still haven't gotten an invite from the White House, and their battle for equal pay. We'll talk to this winner, ahead.


[13:40:46] KEILAR: The U.S. women's soccer team scoring some big ratings for their World Cup victory. About 15.6 million people watched here in the U.S.As America defeated the Netherlands, 2-0. And those ratings well surpassed last year's men's World Cup final between France and Croatia. The women's team arriving back home in the U.S. last night to cheering crowds.




KEILAR: Tomorrow, the celebration is moving to New York City where the players will be honored with a ticker-tape parade and keys to the city.

So let's talk now to someone who knows a thing or two about winning and about breaking barriers. You remember this moment? You remember this iconic image? We have two-time Olympic gold medalist, Brandi Chastain, with us. She was a member of the 1991 and the 1999 women's World Cup champion teams.

You famously scored that deciding goal against China with a penalty kick that brought the score 5-4 in front of 90,000 fans at the Rose Bowl. I'm enjoying reliving the moment, Brandi. Thank you so much for coming on to talk to us.


KEILAR: So first things first here. You're watching this game. What a victory for the American women. What were you thinking as you cheered them on?

CHASTAIN: Well, I was sitting with Julie Foudy, Carla Overbeck, Kristine Lilly, Cindy Parlow, and every score that came, we jumped out of our seat. When the final whistle blew, I think we all jumped up and raised our arms up and just, you know, just this collective, yes, we've done it.

To watch the players be so excited and to know that they fulfilled their objective and, not in just winning, but just coming out and playing aggressive attack-minded soccer was -- it was just exciting to see for us but also the crowd that came -- I think 50,000, 57,000 people -- and half of them or more were Americans was incredible.

KEILAR: Yes, it's amazing. And so now they won on the field, but they're also fighting this other battle.

CHASTAIN: Right. Right.

KEILAR: There's the court fight for equal pay to the men's team. Let's listen to what two of the players told CNN.


KELLEY O'HARA, WOMEN'S SOCCER TREAM PLAYER: I think that this win changes the conversation to do we deserve it to, OK, how are we actually going to get the action, what are we going to see from FIFA, from U.S. soccer, from the sponsors. Because we've always been about pushing forward, not just for ourselves but for the world. I think this win was another step in the right direction and just shows that we do deserve it. And they do have to now have action behind it.

ROSE LAVELLE, WOMEN'S SOCCER TEAM PLAYER: I think this kind of is the statement that we need. And I think, like I said, it's not really about -- it's not, do we deserve it anymore. That conversation has passed. Now it's, what do we need to do next?


KEILAR: Brandi, do you think that now, especially with so much public interest in this issue, that pressure has reached a critical point that this is going to change?

CHASTAIN: I think the tipping point has already happened. The fact that we're having this conversation in 2019, we had this conversation in 1999. So it's never been about deserving it in my opinion. They have earned the respect of the soccer world, and I think the sports world, and really it's what happens to women in every kind of organization that they have to prove more. They have to show they deserve it when their counterparts don't have to do similar things.

So the conversation has been a long time in the making, but I'm really happy we are where we are right now. And there are sponsors that are out there supporting women's soccer like never before. Great examples, Visa has made a contract with U.S. soccer specifically stating in that contract that it will -- the money provided will go equally to the men and the women, and that's not been the case for U.S. soccer in many other sponsor situations. So that's groundbreaking.

Budweiser has put out a campaign that they are supporting the national women's soccer league, our professional league here in America, as well as U.S. soccer, and that they see the value in women's soccer.

So things are changing. I just hope that this is not one of those once every four-year-moments and we don't have to come back to this conversation.

[13:45:11] KEILAR: There's this sense, I think, with this win, especially -- it brings you back to the forefront. We spoke yesterday with goalkeeper, Briana Scurry, your former teammate. There's a sense that there's generations of women building on generations of women. There's a great picture of Rose Lavelle wearing a Mia Hamm jersey when she was just a little girl.

When you look back at the 1999 teams and the women playing in that era, how do you think about the enthusiasm you sparked for them and that that may have helped some of them into this career?

CHASTAIN: Well, I had the great pleasure to go to the function after the game and meet a lot of the parents. Quite a few parents, Rose Lavelle, Sam Euless, came up and said tonight wouldn't be happening without you. I get goosebumps thinking about it.

I also think about women I got to look up to, with my mother being one of those people. She went to work in Silicon Valley wearing a suit when no other women were really doing that. So by her example, without having to say anything, she showed me what it was like to be a strong woman.

And so we didn't have teams to look for as examples, but there was obviously lots of women, like Billie Jean King primarily, who gave us the courage to stand up.

And now with this team in 2019, they're showing the next generation that you can be brave and you can be bold. And politics is for everyone. It's not -- you know, we all have the right to speak our mind. We all have the right to stand up for the things that we believe in.

And certainly our gender is not going anywhere, so there's definitely a place for us to earn an equal wage. KEILAR: This team has become very political. Megan Rapinoe has made

it clear she has no interest in going to the White House. The team has been invited to Capitol Hill by the speaker, Nancy Pelosi. We're waiting to see if they get a formal invitation to the White House.


KEILAR: Should they go?

CHASTAIN: You know, this is a "to each his own," to be honest with you, in my opinion. Having been to the White House multiple times, going to the White House is very special. It's very historic for our country. It means a lot.

We are some of the -- we are a world leader, and so this is another opportunity for our team to potentially not make a statement about how we feel about our president but how we feel about our country. And that we can determine where we go and why we go and how we go. That's the decision they will have to make. It's not an easy one.


CHATAIN: You know, I'm saddened that it is a little bit of a situation, so to speak. It shouldn't be that way.

KEILAR: I want to ask you, before I let you go, real quick, about that iconic moment. I remember when you scored that goal. Everyone remembers when you scored that goal. I remember there was controversy around it at the time. I was just thinking, as I look back at that picture of you, how it seems different now with the passage of time. What do you think?

And I also want to say that this iconic moment will be unveiled in a statue to mark the 20-year anniversary of this at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena here shortly. So this is a historic moment. Does it look different to you?

CHASTAIN: Absolutely. You know, I remember being asked about it right after, and I think because it was so in the moment that it was really hard to put into words what that moment meant and what it could potentially mean. Then 10 years out and now 20 years out tomorrow, and like you said, I'll be down at the Rose Bowl for the unveiling of this what's going to be an amazing monument.

You know, it means something different now. I'm a parent and I'm a grandparent, and so I'll be able to take my granddaughter there and explain to her what that moment meant to me personally. But also what it's really meant to generations of young girls who feel that they can rip off any kind of labels or what other people thought about them and what they thought that they should do, and can say, I, too, can show you how strong I am.

So it's fun to look at that moment in different time phases, because it has meant so much more to me the farther I get away from it.

KEILAR: Yes. I think to everyone, just an iconic moment of strength and victory.

Brandi Chastain, thank you so much for being with us.

CHASTAIN: You are welcome.

And thank you ladies of the U.S. national team. I love you.

KEILAR: Indeed. Thank you so much.

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[13:55:03] KEILAR: Billionaire tycoon and two-time presidential candidate, Ross Perot, has died.

Perot is probably best known by most for rattling the cages of the established political parties with his Independent run for president in 1992. That year, he garnered more votes than any other third-party candidate in American history. He followed that up in 1996 running as the candidate from his own Reform Party. He did not win but he raised the level of debate and certainly the interest in the political process.

Perot is known for his humanitarian efforts. He worked to improve conditions for American prisoners of war during the Vietnam War. Ross Perot was 89.