Rap­tors dump Trump ho­tel stays

Team stars had pre­vi­ously crit­i­cized the pres­i­dent

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Don­ald Trump isn’t pock­et­ing the Toronto Rap­tors’ New York-ac­com­mo­da­tion dol­lars any­more.

The team has con­firmed its play­ers and staff will no longer be stay­ing at the Trump Soho Ho­tel in New York, a pop­u­lar spot for many pro sports teams.

“It was a de­ci­sion made by us, and, I think, a lot of teams in the league,” head coach Dwane Casey said in a video posted on the Rap­tors’ web­site on Thurs­day fol­low­ing prac­tice.

“We talked about, where we stand,” he said. “There’s rea­sons be­hind it, but we’re not go­ing to an­nounce where we are stay­ing.”

The Rap­tors are one of a dozen NBA teams to cease stay­ing at Trump prop­er­ties, ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Wash­ing­ton Post.

It’s not yet clear whether the Rap­tors will stay away from Trump ho­tels in other cities.

Trump has re­cently taken is­sues with pro­fes­sional ath­letes ex­press­ing their po­lit­i­cal views.

Last month he called for the fir­ing of NFL play­ers who kneel dur­ing the U.S. na­tional an­them.

While coach Casey didn’t go into de­tails about why the Rap­tors de­cided on the boy­cott, the team has been vo­cal in the past when it comes to U.S. pol­i­tics and the con­tro­ver­sial pres­i­dent.

At the be­gin­ning of train­ing camp last month, Casey, Lowry and team­mate De­mar Derozan spoke at length about so­cial in­jus­tices and the bad re­la­tion­ship between po­lice and Black Amer­i­cans.

“You’ve got your pres­i­dent on Twit­ter more than a 12-yearold, say­ing the most out­ra­geous things for peo­ple who are just try­ing to do some­thing right. It’s crazy,” Derozan was quoted as say­ing to Torstar News Ser­vice in Septem­ber.

Team pres­i­dent Ma­sai Ujiri joked then that the Rap­tors “will be fine” vis­it­ing Justin Trudeau if they ever win a cham­pi­onship.

You’ve got your pres­i­dent on Twit­ter more than a 12-year-old, say­ing the most out­ra­geous things ... It’s crazy.

lock arms dur­ing the na­tional an­them be­fore a game against the Detroit Pis­tons last Tues­day to show sol­i­dar­ity against po­lice bru­tal­ity and racial in­jus­tice.

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