Many Professional Sports Teams Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

None of the teams that responded to the Washington Post confirmed that they had stayed at Trump properties. | M. Spencer Green  Associated Press

None of the teams that responded to the Washington Post confirmed that they had stayed at Trump properties. | M. Spencer Green Associated Press

Professional sports teams have gradually taken their business away from President Trump's properties, dating back to the start of his campaign in 2015.

16 of the 17 professional sports teams that have previously chosen to stay at Trump hotels while traveling confirmed they will no longer be staying at those hotels, according to the report. Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties.

Most of the teams National Basketball Association teams that have recently stopped saying at Trump properties did so after the 2016-17 season, it added.

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

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Trump: "He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel". But after President Trump made the decision to run for office in 2015, that number dropped significantly.

Though 12 teams used to stay at the Manhattan hotel, according to the report, 11 of them made different arrangements for the upcoming season, including the Raptors.

On Wednesday, President Trump said former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should've been suspended for kneeling during the national anthem, his latest public foray into sports and the ongoing protests against racial inequality.

Eighteen teams declined to respond to The Washington Post's survey and 71 of the responses said their teams hadn't stayed at a Trump hotel within the last seven years.

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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.

"I don't care what haters think - I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", the Bucks forward told the Sporting News in November.

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. 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. "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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