Raptors join growing list of teams shunning Trump hotels

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is unlikely to shelter traveling teams in 2017

The Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. is unlikely to shelter traveling teams in 2017

Not a single team confirmed its players stay at Trump properties.

CHICAGO-The Raptors are one of a handful of National Basketball Association teams no longer doing business with hotels owned by United States President Donald Trump.

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.

The Washington Post reported that 16 of the 17 teams from America's four major sports leagues that have stayed at Trump Hotels in recent years have confirmed they will be lodging elsewhere when they're on the road. The players loved it so much they became walking ads for the Trump brand: Superstar Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder praised the hotel in the press.

'The president has seemingly made a point of dividing us as best he can, ' Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr told The Post.

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While NFL teams typically don't stay at luxury hotels like Trump's due to their massive teams and support staff, other teams do.

Trump last month disinvited the Golden State Warriors to the White House after guard Stephen Curry, LeBron James and other pro athletes condemned Trump's comment during a political rally in Alabama calling for National Football League owners to fire any "son of a bitch" who kneeled during "The Star-Spangled Banner". Eighteen teams declined to respond to the survey, and 71 responded that their respective teams hadn't stayed at a Trump property within the last seven years. He has called for NFL teams to fire players who do not stand for the American national anthem at games and demanded the firing of ESPN host Jemele Hill for a tweet he found offensive.

And in an interview with Sporting News, Bucks forward Jabari Parker said he was "proud" not to stay at Trump properties.

President Trump has been riling up pro athletes with disinvitations to the White House and attacks on police brutality protests.

'I don't support someone who endorses hate on other people, ' Parker said. The boycott he's promoting doesn't seem to be picking up any steam - the same can not be said for how his presidency is affecting his businesses.

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