The newspaper reported that 16 of the 17 NFL, NBA, MLB and National Hockey League teams that stayed at Trump hotels in recent years confirmed they will be checking in at other properties when traveling.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that none of the 105 franchises across four major sports leagues that responded to the newspaper's survey said they stayed at a Trump hotel when traveling. The Cavs were on the list of teams that the Washington Post put together, and they're not the team that has continued the relationship - they ceased booking Trump rooms at the end of last season.
The hardest hit Trump hotel appears to be Trump SoHo, where at least 12 National Basketball Association teams had stayed previously.
"White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told the Post, however, that Trump's attacks on sports teams were not related to the loss of business". Some teams have cited logistical reasons, such as bus access, whereas others told The Post that it's Trump's politics that have them staying at new hotels. 'He continually offends people, and so people don't want to stay at his hotel.
On Wednesday, President Trump said former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick should've been suspended for kneeling during the national anthem, his latest public foray into sports and the ongoing protests against racial inequality.
The Milwaukee Bucks stopped staying at Trump hotels after Trump clinched the GOP nomination.
Most of the teams stopped visiting Trump properties within the a year ago, while others like the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and Indiana Pacers reportedly began staying elsewhere as early as 2014.
Individual players however, have spoken out as against the president and his hotels.
"The president has repeatedly said he doesn't care about his business, he cares about the country", Sanders said in an email. The trend started before Trump denounced football players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem. But after President Trump made the decision to run for office in 2015, that number dropped significantly. For example, at least fifteen charities pulled away from hosting events at his Mar-a-Lago estate, with many citing Trump's hostile rhetoric for why they chose other sites. "He's attacked everything that I am and believe".