LeBron, Cavs teammates not staying at Trump New York hotel

Posted December 06, 2016

James, along with a few teammates, will not stay at the Trump SoHo hotel with the rest of the team in Manhattan when the Cavaliers face the Knicks this week, according to ESPN, even though Donald Trump no longer holds any equity in the establishment.

ESPN reported Monday night, citing "multiple team sources" that a group of the team's players have been excused from staying at the Trump SoHo Hotel in lower Manhattan, where the team has a contract to stay when in NY for games.

His teammate, Iman Shumpert, said last week that if Cleveland repeats as National Basketball Association champions this year, he will refuse to appear at the White House for the traditional team visit, an honor granted to champions in every major professional sport.

Iman Shumpert, one of the Cavs players who won't be staying in the Trump SoHo hotel this week, has been more blatant with his criticism of the nation's voters.

Since Trump's win November 8, several Cavs players have expressed their disappointment in the results. The Cavaliers have a contract with the hotel, and some members of the team's traveling party will stay there.

Last month, Cavs reserve forward Richard Jefferson suggested that the team's trip to the White House to celebrate their National Basketball Association championship might be their last.

"I understand people's stance on Trump", Shumpert said. "But I could see other scheduling conflicts coming up".

"But I just don't think he can make anything shake like that".

The Cavs, who are now in Toronto to face the Raptors, will fly to NY on Tuesday before facing the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.

'I live in that country where half of the people ignored all of that to elect someone.

'But did I vote for him? No.