The Washington Post, in pursuit of delineating how Donald Trump's presidency has had varying effects on Trump properties, and in the aftermath of Trump's attacks on pro athletes, asked teams that had used Trump hotels in the past if they still use them now.
Professional teams across four major sports leagues that sometimes stayed in Trump hotels are apparently now finding different lodging while on the road, according to a report on Thursday.
The Washington Post reported that 17 teams in the four major sports have have used Trump properties for team travel. Even before Trump's crusade to force players to stand during the national anthem, professional teams were taking their business away from his hotels and other properties. Some teams have cited logistical reasons, such as bus access, whereas others told The Post that it's Trump's politics that have them staying at new hotels.
"The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can", Golden State 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.
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When Trump described any athlete that takes part in a silent protest as a "son of a b****" during a campaign rally last month, the NFL Players Association condemned the remarks. Those include the Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards.
"I'm proud to not stay in Trump hotels", Parker said.
Individual players however, have spoken out as against the president and his hotels.
'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said.
Some Trump properties have continued to do well since his election in November, but according to an Associated Press report, his golf resorts in Scotland recently saw losses double to around $23 million as revenue dropped sharply. The trend started before Trump denounced football players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem.