Pro teams are avoiding Trump hotels

Cheryl Sanders
October 13, 2017

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

Shortly after Trump disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House last month, LeBron James called the president a "bum," adding that these trips were "a great honor until you showed up!"

Of the teams that responded, 18 declined to comment and 71 indicated that they hadn't stayed at Trump hotels in recent years.


The Washington Post, in pursuit of delineating how Donald Trump's presidency has had varying effects on Trump properties, and in the aftermath of Trump's attacks on pro athletes, asked teams that had used Trump hotels in the past if they still use them now. 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.

The Warriors quit staying at Trump SoHo in Manhattan in 2016.

The defending National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors decided they were not going to make a traditional visit to the White House to protest Trump policies hours before the president "rescinded" an invitation.


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. Even before Trump's crusade to force players to stand during the national anthem, professional teams were taking their business away from his hotels and other properties.

After the presidential election, Bucks player Jabari Parker told Sporting News that he was "proud" to not stay at Trump's hotels. "I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people". 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. 'He ran his campaign on hate. "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".


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