On Saturday, Trump found himself in hot water again after he attacked 2017 National Basketball Association champion and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry for saying he did not want to participate in the traditional White House championship visit.
Trump in his initial tweet was unclear whether he was withdrawing only Curry's invitation or the entire team's.
"That's a pretty strong statement", he said. "It's courageous for any guy to speak up, let alone a guy that has as much to lose as LeBron does", Curry said.
"There is no better example than the fantastic response from our clubs and players to the bad natural disasters we've experienced over the last month", Goodell said.
Curry's team, the Golden State Warriors, won last year's league and were expected to visit the White House in celebration.
That brought a rebuke from the president, who tweeted that the team was dis-invited to the White House recognition.
Trump kept up the attacks on Twitter today, writing that players who make millions should stand for the anthem and the flag.
Though Trump specifically called on owners to fire players who refused to stand for the national anthem, NFL head Roger Gooddell and the owners of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots have all affirmed support for their players. And on Saturday, Trump fired back, saying Curry wasn't invited anyway.
Trump also predicted that any owner who followed the presidential encouragement would become "the most popular person in this country" - at least for a week. "The President was 'helping' Steph with his jump shot release", Souza captioned the photo.
"You know what's hurting the game?" he asked.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin followed up Sunday on ABC's "This Week" defending Trump, saying the National Football League has many rules governing what players can and cannot do.
Trump was slammed for his Curry remarks on Twitter, including by filmmaker Ava DuVernay. But Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch, Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, Tennessee Titans' controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk and San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York were among the league power-brokers who issued condemning statements through their clubs.
While its customary for professional sports teams that have won titles to get an audience with the president, Curry told reporters Friday that he would sit out on any potential trip.
Some senior officials took to the Sunday talk shows while others labored to establish a spin they could live with, settling on the tack that the majority of the American people don't agree with the players or their form of protest.
Minnesota Vikings running back Bishop Sankey said, "It's a shame and disgrace when you have the President of the U.S. calling citizens of the country sons of a bitches", in a tweet liked almost 25,000 times.