Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Amid President's Call For Boycott, Sports Teams Abandon Trump Hotels

Amid President's Call For Boycott, Sports Teams Abandon Trump Hotels

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.

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 Washington Post reached out to all teams in those three leagues and the NFL (that's 123 teams altogether) and found at least 16 no longer stay at Trump hotels while on the road.

Citing team policy, the Pelicans said Thursday that they don't reveal hotel plans for security purposes.

The Hurricanes began using the Trump SoHo a few years ago for its games against the New York Rangers.

The Milwaukee Bucks, according to the report, have stopped staying at Trump's hotel in Chicago. However, ESPN's Kevin Arnovitz surveyed National Basketball Association players and team employees previous year and the Trump Soho in NY was among the most popular.


'The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can, ' Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Post.

The Trump Organization declined requests for comment, the Washington Post reports, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump's attacks on sports teams had nothing to do with losing professional athletes as customers. "He continually offends people, and people don't want to stay at his hotel".

National Football League players began protesting police brutality against minorities last season, but since becoming president, Trump has asked teams to punish players who refuse to stand while "The Star-Spangled Banner" is being played. Speaking with Sporting News past year, Bucks forward Jabari Parker opened up about how he felt after his team stopped staying at Trump hotels on road trips.

The Raptors have not said why they chose to stop staying in Trump properties. 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. "I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people". 'He ran his campaign on hate.

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