Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

Pro sports teams no longer staying at Trump hotels

Of the 105 responses the paper got, no teams confirmed they stayed at facilities owned - and now in trust - by the American president.

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.

Most notably, the Trump SoHo hotel, which used to serve as a regular home-away-from-home for National Basketball Association teams staying in NY, has been dropped by at least 11 teams across the National Basketball Association since President Trump began 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.

Some of the franchises said the reason for the change had nothing to do with politics, but was rather due to the logistical challenges of getting in and out of hotels during their stay - specifically lower Manhattan to stay at the Trump Soho hotel.

"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.

Not sure if you've been following USA politics over the last couple of years, but...

Jabari Parker, one of the young stars on the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, a team that stopped staying at Trump hotels after 2015-16, said the switch was definitely due to politics. A lavish hotel fit for millionaire athletes, the players loved staying there when in town to play the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets.

President Trump has been riling up pro athletes with disinvitations to the White House and attacks on police brutality protests. He has called for NFL teams to fire players who do not stand for the American national anthem at games and demanded the firing of ESPN host Jemele Hill for a tweet he found offensive.

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

"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", Parker said. 'He ran his campaign on hate.

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