Trump called for the league to no longer receive tax breaks due to the fact that some players protest during the national anthem:
Jay Busbee of Yahoo Sports delved deeper into Trump's criticism of the league's tax status. Per Busbee, the league office was once tax-exempt, but it gave up that status in 2015.
Individual teams pay federal taxes on all revenue, and the league itself generated only $9 million in tax-exempt revenue in 2014 prior to forfeiting tax-exempt status.
The NFL's Joe Lockhart reiterated that in a statement Tuesday, via Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, saying, “As most of you know, the NFL gave up its tax-exempt status in 2015. ... The idea that we receive a tax break is not true.”
Trump has been a vocal opponent of players kneeling during the anthem, and he commented on the matter last month during a rally in Alabama: "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now'? 'Out! He's fired! He's fired!'"
Following Trump's speech, there was a significant uptick in anthem demonstrations across the NFL during Week 3.
United States Vice President Mike Pence attended a game between the Indianapolis Colts and San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but left after some players knelt during the anthem:
Trump later praised Pence for his decision:
Anthem demonstrations first became a hot topic of conversation in the NFL last season when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick became the first player to partake.
Many players across the NFL have followed suit by kneeling, sitting or raising a fist during the playing of the anthem.
While the NFL doesn't regulate anthem demonstrations on a league-wide level, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced Sunday that he won't permit players to play if they don't stand for the anthem.