Many Professional Sports Teams Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 12, 2017

Professional sports teams across the USA have stopped staying at Trump hotels, according to a new investigation by The Washington Post released Thursday.

Of the 123 teams asked, a total of 105 responded to The Post, and not a single one confirmed that it continues to stay at Trump properties.

The newspaper reported that 16 of the 17 NFL, NBA, MLB and National Hockey League teams that stayed at Trump hotels in recent years confirmed they will be checking in at other properties when traveling.

Some of the franchises said the reason for the change had nothing to do with politics, but was rather due to the logistical challenges of getting in and out of hotels during their stay - specifically lower Manhattan to stay at the Trump Soho hotel.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Post in an interview this week, explaining the shift. 'He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with pro sports leagues, criticizing the NFL for allowing players to sit or kneel in protest during the national anthem and publicly feuding with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. Just two days earlier, James called Trump a "bum" for rescinding the invite.

"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".

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

National Basketball Association teams paid about $20,000 per night for rooms and food at hotels like Trump Soho, according to one team's estimate, the newspaper reports.

The Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards have all stopped staying at the Trump SoHo just this past season, now seeking out other accommodations when traveling to NY. 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.

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. 'He ran his campaign on hate. "She was paid less because she was a woman".

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