In the wake of the recent NFL spectacle regarding the national anthem protests, some professional sports teams have launched a coordinated attack against the Trump family’s businesses.
Until recently, many professional sports teams would stay at Trump’s hotels. However, 16 out of the 17 teams that have previously stayed at his hotels have confirmed they will be avoiding his hotel chains in the future, according to The Washington Post.
16 of the 17 professional sports teams that previously chose to stay at Trump’s hotels while traveling have confirmed that they will no longer be using his hotels to house their athletes. The teams vary across the spectrum of professional sports leagues, including the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB – professional football, basketball, hockey, and baseball, respectively.
The Trump SoHo hotel, in particular, used to be a favorite among NBA teams that were visiting New York City. Many players enjoyed their stay so much that they often praised the hotel in front of the media. It seems that’s no longer the case.
“The President has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can,” said Steve Kerr, a coach for The Golden State Warriors basketball team. “He continually offends people, and so people don’t want to stay at his hotel. It’s pretty simple,” he said, according to the The Daily Caller.
The coach and his team used to spend as much as $20,000 per night at Trump’s various establishments, but will be taking their business elsewhere. Despite the fact that Trump doesn’t oversee the day-to-day workings of his private-sector businesses, instead choosing to focus on the country — as noted by the White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders — it’s a move that still can be seen as a symbolic attack against the President.
“The President has repeatedly said he doesn’t care about his business, he cares about the country,” said Sanders. “The President’s position on athletes standing for the national anthem is about respecting the flag and the men and women in the military who sacrifice to defend it and nothing else.”
His hotels weren’t the only businesses of Trump Enterprises to be impacted by his presidency. Many of his golf courses have seen charity tournaments move elsewhere, with his famous course in Scotland reporting that their losses have doubled in 2016.
Before Trump ran for office back in 2015, at least three of the four major US sports leagues provided his establishments with regular business — with football being the only sport in which athletes don’t seem to stay at luxury hotels as often.
It seems like everyone is boycotting everyone! Is President Trump paying a high price for his service?
Most teams refused to comment as to why they changed their decision to stay at his hotels, but there were some that didn’t. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker told Sporting News, “I’m proud to not stay in Trump hotels. I don’t support someone who endorses hate on other people. He ran his campaign on hate. He’s attacked everything that I am and believe.” Parker’s outrage likely stems from Trump’s position on immigration, as Parker’s mother is an immigrant from Tonga.
Although some teams chose to continue staying in Trump’s hotels, some individual players have decided to stay away, including Adrian Gonzalez of The Los Angeles Dodgers, a Mexican-American. He said, “You can draw your own conclusions,” when asked why he chose not to stay at his hotels. “They’re probably right.”
The article contains a diagram showing the names of all 16 teams who are staying away from the President’s private-sector enterprise hotels. Patriotic Americans who happen to be fans of these teams will likely start letting their displeasure be known.