Raptors to boycott Trump hotels on team road trips

Of the 17 clubs that regularly patronized Trump's hotels, 16 were no longer customers.

It's easy to understand why.

The change from the Trump SoHo New York for the 2017-18 season was not the only one.

The battle heated up in September after Trump-in an apparent appeal to his political base-turned what had started as a protest started last season by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick against police brutality and racial violence in the USA into an attack on the players' patriotism because some were-among other things-kneeling during the U.S national anthem prior to games.

Players on the Toronto Raptors, Canada's only National Basketball Association team, have joined the growing number of North American professional athletes disgusted by some of U.S. President Donald Trump's words and policies.

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.

Professional sports teams across the nation have stopped staying at Trump hotels, according to a Washington Post investigation, with many citing the president's divisiveness.

"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Post in an interview this week, explaining the shift.

Last season, Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago didn't host the Los Angeles Dodgers when they faced the Cubs in the NLCS despite staying there earlier in the season.

Of the 105 organizations that responded, none would confirm that their players are staying at Trump hotels.

The Milwaukee Bucks' Jabari Parker expressed a similar sentiment following Trump's election in November.

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

"I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people", Parker said. 'He ran his campaign on hate. My mother didn't get her citizenship until much later in life. "She was paid less because she was a woman".

Vanessa Coleman

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