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For many obvious reasons, NBA players were not too pleased when Donald Trump was elected as the President of the United States last month. The aftermath of Trumps’s victory has included professional athletes protesting his win and making statements by not supporting his companies.
With the Cavs in New York this week to take on the Knicks, LeBron James and some of his Cavs teammates will not be staying at the Trump branded hotel in SoHo with the rest of their team. James also says that he will not meet with Phil Jackson about his “posse” comments. Via Akron Beach Journal:
James is still stung over Phil Jackson’s “posse” comment regarding him and his associates and offered a terse “no” when asked if he’d have a discussion with the Knicks president should he want to meet.
“Just know how much further we still have to go and how far we still have to go as African-Americans, even in the light of today,” James said. “For me, I’ve built my career on and off the floor on the utmost respect and I’ve always given the utmost respect to everyone — all my peers, people that’s laid the path for me and laid the path for coaches, players, things of that nature. I’ve always given respect to them and it’s always, like I told you before, it’s always shade thrown on me. It means we got a lot more work to do, myself and the team. We’ve got to continue to protect each other and continue to just be as great as we can be.”
James is also part of the Cavs’ contingent boycotting Trump SoHo during this stay in New York. James has been outspoken in his criticism of President-elect Donald Trump, although it’s worth noting he no longer owns the hotel in SoHo. It just has his name on the front. That’s enough to keep James and some others out.