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NBA Teams Boycott Trump Hotels

| by Robert Fowler

Several NBA teams are making their discontent with President-elect Donald Trump known, snubbing hotels bearing his name as they tour across the U.S.

Historically, NBA teams schedule which hotels they will stay at for an upcoming season in August. So far this season, at least three teams have confirmed that they will be avoiding any Trump-branded hotels, ESPN reports.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and the Dallas Mavericks will all be snubbing Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago. One unidentified Eastern Conference team will begin avoiding the Trump SoHo in New York once their current contract with the hotel expires after this season.

Seven teams confirmed that they will check into Trump-branded properties this season but requested anonymity.

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Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban both publicly supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

There has been no reporting on whether or not the two teams’ snubbing of Trump properties was motivated by their owners or based on the wishes of their players.

Following the presidential election, several NBA coaches blasted Trump’s victory, according to the NBA.

“I have been ashamed of a lot of things that have happened in this country, but I can’t say I’ve ever been ashamed of our country until today,” said Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy.

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr said that it was difficult to walk into a locker room and “see the faces of your players, most of them who have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s sort of shocking.”

Roughly 82 percent of NBA players are minorities.

Several NBA players voiced outrage when Trump characterized his leaked 2005 comments about kissing and groping women without consent as “locker room talk.”

“Whether in our locker room or in our planes flying across the country, never once did I hear an athlete talk about how they had abused somebody and certainly not with the kind of gleeful pride we heard from Trump,” former NBA player John Amaechi told NPR.

Amaechi added that if anyone in a locker room bragged about sexual assault, any NBA player would not “look at that in any other way than with utter contempt.”

Sources: ESPN, NBANPR / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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