Raptors no longer staying at Trump-owned NY hotel

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Trump'He continually offends people and so people don't want to stay at his hotel. It's pretty simple

The Washington Post reports that sports teams from several leagues have dropped Trump Organization hotels across the country as their go-to place to stay since the start of his campaign in 2015. His team quit using Trump SoHo in 2016.

In all, 17 teams from across the major professional sports leagues had stayed at Trump properties before 2015.

Still, it's not clear if teams' decisions to take their business away from Trump properties is explicitly due to the president's politics - numerous teams Farenthold interviewed declined to comment on the specifics of why they were going elsewhere.

Some of the teams that have left Trump hotels cited reasons outside politics. But some coaches and players have made it clear that Trump's politics definitely factors into their decision to stay elsewhere.

Trump has become embroiled in several feuds with professional athletes in recent weeks, particularly with NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

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.

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".

'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. The Washington Post found that teams pay about $20,000 a night to stay at hotels like Trump SoHo in New York City.

The Raptors have not said why they chose to stop staying in Trump properties.

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

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".

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