Most pro sports teams have stopped staying at Trump hotels


A chunk of National Basketball Association teams have stopped staying at President Trump's swanky SoHo hotel since he officially started his presidential bid in 2015, according to a new story from The Washington Post.

The Warriors quit staying at Trump SoHo in Manhattan in 2016.

The reports states that 16 of the 17 NFL, NBA, MLB and National Hockey League teams that previously stayed at Trump hotels in recent years confirmed they will be checking in at other properties when traveling around the country.

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. "He continually offends people, and people don't want to stay at his hotel".

Citing team policy, the Pelicans said Thursday that they don't reveal hotel plans for security purposes. But some coaches and players have made it clear that Trump's politics definitely factors into their decision to stay elsewhere.

Trump has had a contentious relationship with pro sports leagues, criticizing the NFL for allowing players to sit or kneel in protest during the national anthem and publicly feuding with Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry. Among the latest to depart were the Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards, who all dropped Trump SoHo this summer and made different arrangements for the upcoming season.

While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do.

"I don't care what haters think - I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", the Bucks forward told the Sporting News in November. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe". The boycott he's promoting doesn't seem to be picking up any steam - the same can not be said for how his presidency is affecting his businesses. The trend started before Trump denounced football players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.