Sports Raptors join growing list of teams shunning Trump hotels

13:27  13 october  2017
13:27  13 october  2017 Source:   Toronto Star

Report: Raptors among pro teams boycotting Trump hotels

  Report: Raptors among pro teams boycotting Trump hotels The Toronto Raptors are one more than a dozen professional sports teams that no longer stay at Trump hotels while on road trips, according to a report in the Washington Post. Twelve NBA teams used to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York before Trump announced his successful run for the U.S. presidency in 2015, and all but one have reportedly stopped. The Raptors, Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards are among the teams that have changed hotels.Another NBA team has stopped staying at Trump’s hotel in Chicago, according to the report.

At least 11 teams have ended their visits to Manhattan property.

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After internal discussions, the Raptors decided they would no longer stay at Donald Trump's SoHo hotel in New York, head coach Dwane Casey confirmed. © Richard Lautens After internal discussions, the Raptors decided they would no longer stay at Donald Trump's SoHo hotel in New York, head coach Dwane Casey confirmed.

CHICAGO—The Raptors are one of a handful of NBA teams no longer doing business with hotels owned by United States President Donald Trump.

According to a story published by the Washington Post and confirmed by Raptors officials, the team will no longer stay in the Trump SoHo hotel when on the road in New York City.

“We talked about it, talked about where we’re staying . . . It was a decision made by us and a lot of teams in the league,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said after the team worked out in Toronto on Thursday.

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Casey wouldn’t say where the Raptors will stay during three trips to the metropolitan New York area this season, citing security concerns and following a long-held organizational policy.

“There’s reasons behind it but we’re not going to announce where we are staying,” he said.

The Post story said 12 NBA teams had stayed at the luxurious Manhattan hotel since it opened in 2010 and 11 have stopped using it. The Raptors, the newspaper said, were among five teams to end its relationship with the property this season.

Toronto has three trips to the New York City area this season: a Nov. 17 game in New York, a Jan. 8 game in Brooklyn and a March weekend where they play both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets on the same road trip.

The Post surveyed 123 teams in various North American professional sports leagues to see how many use Trump properties on the road. Of the 105 responses the paper got, no teams confirmed they stayed at facilities owned — and now in trust — by the American president.

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  Raptors look to add some surprises on offense There will be many possessions for the Raptors in every game this season that will catch Dwane Casey by surprise because something entirely unscripted will transpire and the coach won’t know what’s coming. And that will be just fine with Casey; it’s all part of the grand plan to unlock a more free-flowing offence that opponents won’t be able to anticipate.“(If) I don’t know where the ball is going, damn sure the defence is not going to know where it’s going,” Casey said Tuesday before the Raptors played the Detroit Pistons in Toronto’s lone home pre-season game.

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Trump has been at odds with professional sports teams and leagues throughout his presidency. 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.

The defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors decided they were not going to make a traditional visit to the White House to protest Trump policies hours before the president “rescinded” an invitation. The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins did visit Trump at the White House this week.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri and all-star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan spoke out against Trump before training camp began and Casey was again questioned about the intersection of sports and politics Thursday.

“The only thing frustrates me is the fact that we’re not getting back in transition defence, we’re not moving the ball (and) turning it over, like throwing it up in the third row,” he joked.

“Politics is politics, it’s been here for eons and you’re going to have good times and bad times. I don’t get frustrated (to the point) where I lose my mind in politics.”

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What was once expected to be a competition has suddenly turned into a coupling, as the Raptors are prepared to experiment with a young, unproven backup back-court as the NBA season approaches. The commonly held opinion when the Raptors traded Cory Joseph to the Indiana Pacers in July was that Delon Wright would slide into the backup role behind starting point guard Kyle Lowry, with Fred VanVleet pushing him for minutes as No. 3 in the pecking order.

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