The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming to New York, but some players -including star LeBron James- are refusing to stay at a Trump hotel.
The Cavaliers have made other arrangements for players who do not want to stay at a New York hotel branded by President-elect Donald Trump. LeBron James and several teammates have decided not to stay at Trump Soho in lower Manhattan this week. The Cavs have booked rooms at the luxury hotel for two days as the team will play the Knicks on Wednesday.
Cavs general manager David Griffin told The Associated Press that the team has made plans for a “group that wants to be elsewhere to be together elsewhere.” Griffin did not say where the players will be staying.
James publicly endorsed and campaigned for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who lost the election to Trump. Several of his teammates, including Richard Jefferson, Iman Shumpert and others have expressed their disappointment over Trump’s win.
According to sources, LeBron James is among several Cavs who have been excused from staying at the Trump SoHo hotel: https://t.co/uo0Y1FfIEy pic.twitter.com/yw3aNQzFur
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This is little more than a half-hearted attempt by LeBron James to draw attention to his own political views, at the expense of the Cleveland Cavalier franchise. It won’t make much of a difference on any issue, and will only further divide Americans after a heated election cycle.