President-elect Trump’s shocking win has everyone on the edge, especially the NBA. Sources have reported that at least three major NBA teams have decided to no longer attend ANY of Donald Trump’s establishments– including hotels.
According to ESPN, the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have checked out from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump’s name through a licensing agreement.
In addition to that, another Eastern Conference team who contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise decided to move to a different property in Manhattan–when its current contract expires at season’s end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch.
Since the upsetting results of the 2016 presidential election, three prominent NBA coaches — Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich — have publicly addressed the unease that they and some of their players feel in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump. Van Gundy voiced his opinion, saying that the Republican real-estate mogul is:
“openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnocentric.”
Typically, NBA teams make their hotel arrangements for the coming season in the month of August, after the league releases the full 1,230-game schedule for the regular season. Now, several teams that have stayed at the Trump SoHo in particular in the past, reported they will not be staying there this season. It’s seems as though these teams are boycotting Trump, but unlike most protest riots–they are conducting their boycott in a classy/less controversial fashion. We all certainly applaud the NBA’s efforts, but it makes me wonder why on earth anyone would want to stay at his establishments in the first place? It’s over-hyped, over-priced, and embraces all things Trump. Clearly, there are other hotels with genuine quality and service.