Many Professional Sports Teams Are Boycotting Trump Hotels

Annette Crawford
October 12, 2017

Professional sports teams across the nation have stopped staying at Trump hotels, according to a Washington Post investigation, with many citing the president's divisiveness.

Trump properties used to serve as housing for professional sports teams on the road.

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. Some of the teams chose not to stay at the hotels such as limited bus access, they told The Washington Post.

"Since Donald Trump announced his candidacy in June 2015, foot traffic to Trump-branded hotels, casinos and golf courses in the USA has been down", the firm said. But after President Trump made the decision to run for office in 2015, that number dropped significantly.

The hardest hit Trump hotel appears to be Trump SoHo, where at least 12 National Basketball Association teams had stayed previously.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with pro sports leagues, criticizing the NFL for allowing players to sit or kneel in protest during the national anthem and publicly feuding with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry.

The Milwaukee Bucks stopped staying at Trump hotels shortly after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.

The Toronto Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Washington Wizards gave up their SoHo habit after Trump was elected, and have other plans for next season.

After the presidential election, Bucks player Jabari Parker told Sporting News that he was "proud" to not stay at Trump's hotels. 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's attacked everything that I am and believe". '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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