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Lakers Cancel Plans To Stay At Trump Hotel, Cite 'Security Concerns'
The Los Angeles Lakers have canceled their plans to stay at the Trump Soho hotel in New York City on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a team spokesperson.
Coming off their sixth consecutive loss on Sunday night, this news initially seemed like the most exciting thing the Lakers had done as of late, but don't celebrate yet. A source close to the team "emphasized that the decision to switch hotels was not politically motivated," according to the L.A. Times. Boring.
Lakers spokesman John Black confirmed to LAist that the move "was not predicated on any political reasons," saying that the team altered their original plans to stay at the Trump-branded hotel (he no longer actually operates it ) because of security concerns. Black declined to discuss those security concerns, although the Times cites the potential for possible protests at the hotel that may disrupt the players' schedules.
This purple-and-gold non-ideology stands in contrast to the refusal of LeBron James and several fellow Cleveland Cavaliers to stay at the Trump Soho hotel earlier this month. James said his decision to cancel his stay at the hotel—the Cavs were in town to play the Nets—was a "personal preference." The Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have also all moved from staying at Trump-branded hotels, according to ESPN.
Considering the fact that an extremely meager 23.4% of Angelenos cast their ballots for Donald Trump, we remain confused as to why the Lakers didn't just say their reasons were political. Seems like it could have been an easy way to curry favor with the locals, especially given the team's losing season and current lack of star power!