3 NBA Teams Have Decided To Stop Staying At Trump-Brand Hotels Because…
More and more NBA teams are boycotting Trump-branded hotels, with news outlets reporting that at least 3 NBA teams have refused to stay at hotels owned by the President-elect.
The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have taken a political stand and unequivocally decided to boycott Trump’s hotels. The teams have moved away from Trump-branded hotels in New York City and Chicago. Another conference franchise currently contracted with the Trump SoHo in New York is looking to move away from the hotel as soon as its contract expires.
Trump’s association with the property is one of the reasons. About a dozen other teams have contracts with hotels carrying the Trump name. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said that the decision to move away from the venue was made months before the election was over, while Grizzlies coach David Fizdale says that their decision was not politically motivated.
“No truth to that,” Fizdale said. “Our decisions as to what hotels we stay in are made long before any of this election stuff took place. It’s no story.” Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Cuban are both high-profile supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who last week lost the race to be the United States’ 45th president to Trump. Stan Van Gundy, Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have all voiced their concerns regarding a Trump presidency.
“I think every team’s got to take a look at that,” Van Gundy said. “I think teams are getting tuned in a little but politically and everything else. And give the players a great deal of credit on that. I’ve been really proud of our own players and the players around the league, that they’re attuned to what’s going on and they’re going to stand up for their values. I think that’s impressive.”
Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker commended the team’s owners for taking a bold political stance. “I’m pretty proud for my owner, representing us and representing himself,” Parker said. “And not trying to represent our organization with controversy. You don’t want to endorse hate; you don’t want to endorse racism. You don’t want to support controversy.” “I’m really proud we won’t be staying there because I couldn’t be comfortable being around him and his businesses,” he said. “I’m connected to all the ideologies he disrespects.”