Pro­fes­sional sports teams avoid­ing Trump ho­tels

Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s val­ues used as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - A.J. PEREZ

A year ago, the Los An­ge­les Dodgers found dif­fer­ent ac­com­mo­da­tions than their usual digs in Chicago — Trump In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel and Tower — for Ma­jor League Baseball’s Na­tional League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries against the Cubs.

The change came af­ter at least one Dodgers player (Adrian Gon­za­lez) re­fused to stay at the sky­scraper that bears U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s name. But the Dodgers are hardly alone in seek­ing other ac­com­mo­da­tions on the road among sports teams.

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­ported Thurs­day that no team — out of 105 fran­chises re­spond­ing to the sur­vey across the four ma­jor sports leagues — con­firmed that it stays at a Trump ho­tel on the road.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, 17 teams stated they had stayed at a Trump ho­tel within the past seven years, and at least 16 found other lodg­ing af­ter Trump’s White House bid be­gan in 2015. Eigh­teen teams de­clined to re­spond, and 71 re­sponded that their re­spec­tive teams hadn’t stayed at a Trump prop­erty within the past seven years.

The hard­est hit Trump ho­tel ap­pears to be Trump SoHo, where at least 12 NBA teams had stayed pre­vi­ously. A per­son with knowl­edge of the Mil­wau­kee Bucks’ de­ci­sion to drop Trump SoHo told The Wash­ing­ton Post the Trump or­ga­ni­za­tion “was seen as not re­flect­ing the fran­chise’s val­ues, and some play­ers were not com­fort­able pa­tron­iz­ing its prop­er­ties.”

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Trump SoHo used to be where 12 NBA teams stayed in New York.

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