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Pro teams are avoiding Trump hotels

Pro teams are avoiding 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.

Jabari Parker, one of the young stars on the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, a team that stopped staying at Trump hotels after 2015-16, said the switch was definitely due to politics.

Teams gave the Post various reasons for quitting Trump properties.

At least 12 teams - more than a third of the league - had stayed there since it opened in 2010.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the newspaper.

The Toronto Raptors will no longer stay at Trump-branded hotels while on the road.

Seventeen teams stayed at a Trump hotel within the past seven years, according to the report.

Of the 123 teams asked, a total of 105 responded to The Post, and not a single one confirmed that it continues to stay at Trump properties.

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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.

"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Post, however, that Trump's attacks on sports teams were not related to the loss of business".

As Trump tries to push for a boycott of any sports team that allows its players to speak their minds on or off the field, it may behoove the president to consider how his own words or actions are hurting his bottom line.

"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", Parker said.

'The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country, ' Sanders wrote in an email to The Post.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked if Trump's criticism of National Football League players caused teams to abandon his hotels, but she quickly dismissed the premise. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".