Raptors dump Trump hotel stays
Team stars had previously criticized the president
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.