Pro-Sports Teams Drop Trump Hotels

The Chicago Cubs visited Trump at the White House but other teams refuse to stay at his hotels

A chunk of National Basketball Association teams have stopped staying at President Trump's swanky SoHo hotel since he officially started his presidential bid in 2015, according to a new story from The Washington Post.

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

CTV News has reached out to Toronto's other professional sports teams to ask whether they will avoid staying at Trump properties but those teams (the Leafs, Blue Jays and Toronto FC) have all refused to comment, citing a policy not to discuss travel plans publicly.

Teams gave the Post various reasons for quitting Trump properties. A total of 17 confirmed a visit to a Trump property within the past seven years, but had stopped booking rooms after Trump launched his run for the White House in June 2015.

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. One team, for instance, cited logistical concerns, stating that it was hard to transport the team from one of the hotels to the arena where they were scheduled to play.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Trump: "He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel".

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Trump last month disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House after guard Stephen Curry, LeBron James and other pro athletes condemned Trump's comment during a political rally in Alabama calling for National Football League owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who kneeled during "The Star-Spangled Banner".

While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do.

Trump did recently welcome the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins to the White House, but his relationship with the NFL has suffered for his criticism of players sitting or kneeling during the national anthem.

"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", 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.

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

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