Raptors will avoid staying at Trump hotels during upcoming NBA season
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (10) drives to the net under watch by Boston Celtics' James Young during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:18PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:31PM EDT
The Toronto Raptors will no longer stay at Trump-branded hotels while on the road.
The team confirmed to CP24 on Thursday that they will avoid all Trump properties during the upcoming NBA season.
The news comes on the heels of a Washington Post report which revealed that 11 of the 12 teams that regularly stayed at the Trump SoHo hotel while visiting New York City have stopped doing so since Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015.
The Post report said that the Raptors were one of five teams who dropped the Trump SoHo from their travel plans this past summer.
The Raptors have not said why they chose to stop staying in Trump properties.
Asked about the move on Thursday, Head Coach Dwane Casey said there is “reasons behind it” but refused to elaborate.
“We talked about it. We talked about where we stand. We are not going to announce where we stand or don’t stand. It was a decision made by us and I think a lot of teams made in the league,” he said.
CTV News has reached out to Toronto’s other professional sports teams to ask whether they will avoid staying at Trump properties but those teams (the Leafs, Blue Jays and Toronto FC) have all refused to comment, citing a policy not to discuss travel plans publicly.