President Trump has been making a lot of enemies in the professional sports world as of late. Trump took to Twitter multiple times recently to call out NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, which is well within their rights. Trump even went as far as to stage a walkout during the national anthem during a Colts game, having Pence walk out when players took a knee during the anthem.
In another instance that gathered a lot of attention, Trump called out Warrior player Stephen Curry earlier this year, uninviting him from attending the White House. Curry, however, had already told reporters that he did not want to attend the White House previous to the president rescinding the invitation.
It is no wonder that various sports organizations are not thrilled with the president. This has not only possibly affected any support Trump may have had from various professional athletes but has also begun to affect his businesses as well.
It was reported by the Washington Post that many professional sports teams across America have decided to stop staying at Trump hotels. In recent years, Trump hotels have been a popular place for teams to stay when traveling. However, it was reported that 16 out of the 17 teams that frequent the Trump hotels have confirmed that they will be looking elsewhere for a place to lay their heads.
Many of the teams told the Post that they would not be staying at any of the president’s hotels due to the offensive nature of his politics. There were other reasons cited for not staying at the hotels, such as bus access, but the overwhelming reason was the way the president is choosing the run the country.
Golden State Warriors coach, Steve Kerr, spoke out about why players do not want to stay at Trump hotels. Kerr stated:
‘The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can. He continually offends people, and so people don’t want to stay at his hotel. It’s pretty simple.’
According to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the various outbursts Trump has had pertaining to sports teams do not pertain in any way to them deciding to no longer use his hotels. In an email to the Washington Post, Sanders stated:
‘The president has repeatedly said he doesn’t care about his business, he cares about the country. 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.’
The majority of NBA teams that have stopped staying at Trump hotels recently did so after the 2016-17 season; however, some did so as early as 2014. After Trump became the GOP nominee, the Milwaukee Bucks made the choice to no longer stay at Trump properties. After Trump won the election Jabari Parker, a player for the Bucks, stated proudly that he did not stay at 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.’
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