"League should back U.S".
Trump was lampooned and lambasted by National Basketball Association players and fans after he said in a Saturday tweet that he was withdrawing a White House invitation to Curry and possibly the entire Warriors team, winners of the National Basketball Association championship last June.
"It's surreal, to be honest", Curry said after that practice had concluded at the team's facility in downtown Oakland.
But Short claimed the president was not reversing his invitation to Curry over a racial issue, instead telling the Fox host he had made the Twitter comment because Curry suggested he may not accept the invitation.
The response from players was swift.
Whenever a professional athlete tweets or does anything that can even be perceived as a political statement, a common refrain rings out in their notifications.
Once again, the president has faced a backlash over his comments, with a number of sports figures expressing their support for National Football League colleagues and criticizing Trump, including Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell. So therefore ain't no invite.
Once again the human comment section living in the White House is proving not just that his mental train is fully off the rails, but that he doesn't really care about governing the country or solving problems - he just wants to spew nonsense behind a podium to people who will clap for it. "It's not about dividing".
Trump responded to the criticisms Saturday in a series of tweets, saying that playing for a sports league is a "privilege" and that players should not be able to disrespect the American flag or the United States without risking being "fired". "And I doubt he's man enough to call any of those players a son of a bitch to their face".
"While you're here, Warriors, we are happy to identify ways for you to celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion - what we call DC values".
No stranger to controversy involving Trump, Jemele Hill, the ESPN host, also supported Curry.
James went so far as calling the president a "bum". "Hey @StephenCurry30, welcome to the club bro", Hill tweeted.
"Our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem. He's fired! He's fired!'"
James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. "Stick to sports boy".
"It's a flawless example of where the president gets it right", said Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a longtime Trump friend, who said team officials and the news media were not in line with much of the country.
In a series of strongly worded tweets, Martellus Bennett, a tight end for the Green Bay Packers, said he was fine with being fired for what he believes in and rejected the labels put on players by the president. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is "unacceptable and needs to be addressed".