LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have already indicated that they would not visit the Donald Trump White House if they win another championship, and now the NBA anti-Trump hissy fit continues. Several professional basketball teams, upset that Hillary Clinton didn’t win, are taking their ball and going home. At least 3 teams have stated that they will no longer stay in any hotels with the Trump name.
At least three NBA teams have stopped staying at Donald Trump-branded hotels this season in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect, according to league sources.
When I stay at a Hilton hotel does that imply I am associated with Paris Hilton’s vapid idiocy? I certainly hope not.
Sources told ESPN.com that the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have moved away from Trump hotels in New York City and Chicago, which bear Donald Trump’s name through a licensing agreement.
Sources say that another Eastern Conference team contracted to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York this season has likewise already decided to switch to a different property in Manhattan when its current contract expires at season’s end and that the Trump association is among the factors for the switch.
And here’s the crazy thing:
Trump does not currently hold an equity stake in the Trump SoHo hotel, but his company still owns and operates the Chicago property.
So Trump doesn’t actually own the Trump SoHo hotel and the crybaby NBA teams are still refusing to stay there? That’s as childish as it gets.
And then here’s another crazy thing:
Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban are both high-profile supporters of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who last week lost the race to be the United States’ 45th president to Trump.
In other words, Lasry and Cuban are so butthurt about backing a loser that they are throwing temper tantrums. In the case of Mark Cuban, he’s an actual maniac. He started out as a Trump supporter and then flipped out for no reason and became one of the most vocal Trump haters in the country.
In addition to Lebron James and the 3 NBA teams, there is plenty more Trump-hate to go around in the league:
Since the election, three prominent NBA coaches Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy, Golden State’s Steve Kerr and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich have publicly addressed the unease that they and some of their players feel in the wake of Trump’s election, starting with the dismay Van Gundy voiced that the country’s new president, in his words, is “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic and ethnocentric.”
What we are seeing here is an emerging NBA boycott of the incoming President of the United States. Rather than being an entertainment league, the NBA is transforming into a leftist political organization like Black Lives Matter. Maybe the nearly 60 million people who voted Donald Trump into office should boycott the NBA until their get their minds back on basketball.