LeBron James Reportedly Boycotting Trump Hotel In New York City

Ford Springer | Contributor

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers will visit the New York Knicks this week in Manhattan, but their star player will not be staying at the hotel with the team.

Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

The Cavaliers have reservations at the Trump SoHo hotel where the majority of the team will stay during their visit, as the team has a contract with the hotel. James and several other players are planning on staying elsewhere to boycott the Trump-branded establishment, according to ESPN.

The Cavaliers star publicly endorsed Hillary Clinton towards the end of the presidential race. He and teammate J.R. Smith also spoke at a Cleveland rally for the Democratic nominee shortly before she lost the election.

NBA basketball player Lebron James (R) introduces U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Lebron James introduces U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Several Cleveland players have expressed their criticisms of the president-elect, including Iman Shumpert who claims he will not visit the White House, as is customary, if they were to win another championship.

The Cavaliers players are not the only one’s in the NBA to change their accommodations since the conclusion of the election. ESPN previously reported that the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies have stopped staying at Trump-branded hotels to “avoid any implied association with the new president-elect.”

The Cavaliers will arrive in New York City Tuesday morning and play the Knicks Wednesday night.

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