NBA teams are taking a stand against President-elect Donald Trump by reportedly having nothing to do with any property branded by the former ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ host. Find out which teams are NOT happy Mr. Trump’s going to be the next President of the United States.
Thus far, three NBA teams — The Bucks, Grizzlies and Mavericks — have all decided to stop staying at Trump hotels on road trips to New York City and Chicago, the New York Post reports. They’ve made this decision “in an effort to disassociate themselves from the controversial President-elect,” according to ESPN.
Furthermore, one other Eastern Conference team will also reportedly abandon staying at Trump SoHo hotel when its contract expires at the end of the month. ESPN has chosen to keep that team anonymous at this time.
Seven other teams reportedly told ESPN that they’re currently under contract to stay at Trump’s properties when they travel to play the Bulls, Knicks and Nets, so if they bail it won’t be until later in the future.
Obviously, Mark Cuban was an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter, so the fact that the Mavericks — the team he owns — are boycotting Donald Trump properties doesn’t surprise us.
Plus, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blasted Trump as “brazenly racist” and “misogynistic” in a six-minute rant. Likewise, it has been suggested that NBA players would refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency.
“Personal politics in general can be a divisive topic, and for Donald Trump, during his candidacy, he became a polarizing candidate, which included along the way insulting a lot of people,” ESPN analyst Jalen Rose said on NBA Countdown Nov. 9. “How’s it going to affect sports? Unlike Tom Brady, when his team won the championship, and he chose not to go to the White House, saying it was a scheduling conflict when Barack Obama was in office, what we’re going to see in professional sports — NBA and NFL — mark my words, there will be players that decline the opportunity to visit the White House under his presidency.”
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