You won't be catching the Toronto Raptors staying in a Trump-branded hotel this season. According to a new report out of the Washington Post, the Canadian NBA squad will be one of many professional sports organizations to boycott the hotel chain owned by American President, Donald Trump.
Not only will the Raps avoid sleeping at luxury Trump spots, but so too will the Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, and Sacramento Kings. The Post published their investigation on Thursday morning after reaching out to every club belonging to North America's four major sports leagues.
The news shouldn't come as a surprise given the refreshingly honest opinion of Raptors stars including Kyle Lowry, who recently compared the Twitter Fingers President to his "six-year-old" child. Toronto manager, Masai Ujiri, shared his own take last month, telling CBC Sports that he's fine with players speaking their mind, adding that "nobody is getting fired" should any Raptor protest during the national anthem.
Trump's continued assault on athletes who rightfully choose to protest social injustices hasn't gone unnoticed by others around the NBA. This year's champs, the Golden State Warriors, declined a visit to the White House and instead, promised to visit the capital to celebrate "equality, diversity and inclusion". Meanwhile, Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James, blasted the President by calling him a "bum".
Perhaps most disappointing is the fact that the vast majority of pro teams neglected to answer the Washington Post's inquiry. All of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, Calgary Flames, and Ottawa Senators did not respond or refused to comment. However, a good handful of NHL organizations did confirm their boycott including the Edmonton Oilers, Winnipeg Jets, Montreal Canadiens, and Vancouver Canucks.
It'll be a tough pill to swallow for Trump Hotel executives, who before this year welcomed a number of franchises to various locations during team road trips. This won't be much of an issue for those traveling to Toronto, however, as its Trump location was rebranded this past summer as the Adelaide Hotel.