Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

Still, it's not clear if teams' decisions to take their business away from Trump properties is explicitly due to the president's politics - numerous teams Farenthold interviewed declined to comment on the specifics of why they were going elsewhere.

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.

The Milwaukee Bucks stopped staying at Trump hotels shortly after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

Among the 123 teams in US baseball, basketball, football and hockey leagues surveyed by The Washington Post, all of the 105 teams that responded said their players no longer stay at Trump Hotels.

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According to the report, 17 teams stated they had stayed at a Trump hotel within the past seven years, and at least 16 found other lodging after Trump's White House bid began in 2015.

It's unclear whether politics is driving the teams away from these properties.

Yet the departure of these teams might be indicative of a larger trend. The players loved it so much they became walking ads for the Trump brand: Superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder praised the hotel in the press. For example, at least fifteen charities pulled away from hosting events at his Mar-a-Lago estate, with many citing Trump's hostile rhetoric for why they chose other sites.

According to The Post, Trump properties were never popular among National Football League teams.

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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.

If these professional teams are indeed taking a principled stand against Trump, they can not be blamed for doing so. Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties.

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

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