Many Professional Sports Teams Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

Ruben Hill
October 12, 2017

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.

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".

According to the Post, a dozen teams have stayed at Trump's SoHo hotel since its opening in 2010.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. The remaining team, the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association, has not publicly stated whether they intend to keep patronizing the president's hotels during this season or not.

Last season, Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago didn't host the Los Angeles Dodgers when they faced the Cubs in the NLCS despite staying there earlier in the season.

If that sounds like a lot, it's worth remembering that Milwaukee Bucks forward Steve Novak was charged $20 for a café latte at Trump SoHo a year ago.

16 of the 17 professional sports teams that have previously chosen to stay at Trump hotels while traveling confirmed they will no longer be staying at those hotels, according to the report.

Trump has become embroiled in several feuds with professional athletes in recent weeks, particularly with NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

It's reasonable to assume, then, that some of these teams made similar calculations, and pulled out of Trump's properties at least partially because of the president's demeanor.

"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", Parker said.

"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Post, however, that Trump's attacks on sports teams were not related to the loss of business".

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. The boycott he's promoting doesn't seem to be picking up any steam - the same can not be said for how his presidency is affecting his businesses. 'The president's position on athletes standing for the National Anthem is about respecting the flag and the men and women of the military who sacrifice to defend it and nothing else'. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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