- The Washington Times - Monday, December 5, 2016

LeBron James and several of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates are reportedly boycotting Donald Trump-branded hotels for the team’s travels this season.

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 New York for games.

The Cavaliers play the New York Knicks this week.

Besides James, who endorsed Hillary Clinton and spoke on her behalf at an Ohio campaign rally, the ESPN report did not specify which players would not be staying at the 46-story luxury hotel. But the article detailed numerous anti-Trump comments from other Cavaliers players.

For example, guard Iman Shumpert said he would not go to the White House for the customary presidential congratulations should the Cavaliers successfully defend their NBA title this season.

ESPN reported last month that at least three teams — the Dallas Mavericks, Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies — already have canceled contracts to stay at Trump-branded hotels this season, and more teams may simply not extend them when they come up for renewal.

• Victor Morton can be reached at vmorton@washingtontimes.com.

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