Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pro teams avoiding Trump hotels

Pro teams avoiding Trump hotels

Professional sports teams across the nation have stopped staying at Trump hotels, according to a Washington Post investigation, with many citing the president's divisiveness.

Most of the teams National Basketball Association teams that have recently stopped saying at Trump properties did so after the 2016-17 season, it added.

Teams gave the Post various reasons for quitting Trump properties. The Cavs were on the list of teams that the Washington Post put together, and they're not the team that has continued the relationship - they ceased booking Trump rooms at the end of last season.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Kerr told the Post. Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties. Speaking with Sporting News previous year, Bucks forward Jabari Parker opened up about how he felt after his team stopped staying at Trump hotels on road trips.

While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do. "He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel".

The Toronto Raptors are among a number of pro sports franchises that have recently said no to Trump, and are taking their business elsewhere.

All but one of the 12 teams said they have stopped patronizing the Trump SoHo since Donald Trump launched his presidential bid in 2015, according to team officials.

Trump last month disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House after guard Stephen Curry, LeBron James and other pro athletes condemned Trump's comment during a political rally in Alabama calling for National Football League owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who kneeled during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

In response, athletes have gotten more political as well, with players like LeBron James and Marshawn Lynch speaking out strongly against the president, with both their words and actions.

After Curry declared, "I don't want to go", Trump tweeted: 'Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.

"The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country", Sanders wrote the newspaper in an email.

"I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people", Parker said. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".

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