President Trump has berated them on Twitter and at rallies as disrespectful ingrates who deserve punishment.
Athletes and their surrogates, similar to some political foes and celebrities, have upset him. As is his nature, the president has responded in ways that have generated intense publicity, often via tweets.
In recent months, Trump has called on the NFL to suspend or fire players who have not stood during the national anthem, a position many players have embraced to draw attention to police brutality against African Americans. Nearly 70% of the athletes in the league are black.
After an NBA star said he would not attend a White House ceremony, Trump said the...