Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

One team estimated it spent around $20,000 a night in rooms and food at Trump SoHo

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.

At least 17 teams across the NBA, NHL, NFL, and Major League Baseball stayed at Trump properties across North America in recent years, with at least 16 of them no longer frequenting his establishments.

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.

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. "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.

The Milwaukee Bucks, according to the report, have stopped staying at Trump's hotel in Chicago. 'He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel. Not a single team would confirm it was planning to stay at any Trump property hotels (18 teams did not respond).

The Washington Post reported on Thursday that none of the 105 franchises across four major sports leagues that responded to the newspaper's survey said they stayed at a Trump hotel when traveling.

When Trump described any athlete that takes part in a silent protest as a "son of a b****" during a campaign rally last month, the NFL Players Association condemned the remarks.

As Trump tries to push for a boycott of any sports team that allows its players to speak their minds on or off the field, it may behoove the president to consider how his own words or actions are hurting his bottom line.

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

After Curry declared, "I don't want to go", Trump tweeted: 'Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump's criticism of National Football League players caused teams to abandon his hotels, but she quickly dismissed the premise.



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