LeBron James and Cavaliers Teammates Refuse to Stay at Donald Trump-Branded Hotel


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LeBron James was upset but motivated by the United States' electing well-documented racist and admitted multiple-times-over sexual predator Donald Trump to be the nation's next president.

"Minorities and women in all please know that this isn't the end, it's just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!" he wrote in an Instagram post after the election.

He continued: "To all the youth out there I PROMISE I'll continue to lead you guys every single day without no hesitation!"

In his first act of opposition to the Cheetoh-dusted overlord, James and about half of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates refused to stay in a Trump-branded SoHo hotel in advance of their Wednesday-night matchup with the New York Knicks. The team has an agreement in place to stay at the Trump SoHo—which is not owned by the president-elect but is under a licensing agreement—during the regular season.

At shootaround on Wednesday, the four-time MVP claimed he's "not trying to make a statement."

"It's just my personal preference," LeBron told reporters. "At the end of the day, I hope he's one of the best presidents ever for all of our sake—my family, for all of us. But it's just my personal preference. It would be the same if I went to a restaurant and decided to eat chicken and not steak."

According to James, in his 14 NBA seasons, this is the first time he has opted out of staying at a team hotel.

"Is it odd? I mean, it's not normal," said head coach Tyronn Lue. "But considering the circumstances, that's what we have. That's not my main objective. My main thing is just trying to get this team to stay on track and playing the right way and trying to get back to playing Cleveland Cavaliers basketball."

He and teammates were excused to stay in a nearby hotel, and are able to take the same shuttle bus to Madison Square Garden with their teammates.

"I rode the bus like I do every [shootaround], like what I've done for 14 straight years," James said. "With my teammates, coaching staff, and everybody else that travels with us."

During the presidential election, LeBron was a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton. Teammate Richard Jefferson has also been critical of Trump, and predicted that the Cavs' recent visit to the White House would be the last one paid by NBA champions until he's out of office.