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The Toronto Raptors Are No Longer Staying At Trump Hotels

The lone Canadian NBA team joins a growing list of pro sports teams avoiding Trump properties.

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The Toronto Raptors say they're no longer staying at Trump hotels during away games.

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The lone Canadian NBA team is one of a growing list of professional sports teams avoiding Trump properties, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Head Coach Dwayne Casey confirmed the report Thursday, telling reporters the Raptors reached the decision after talking "about where we stand."

"It was a decision made by us, and, I think, a lot of teams in the league," Casey said.

A spokesperson for the Raptors told BuzzFeed Canada the team only stayed at the Trump SoHo hotel in New York.

Raptors management and players have been outspoken in their support of the political protests sweeping the NBA, NFL, and other sports leagues.

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Star players Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan both criticized President Donald Trump after he suggested team owners should fire any "son of a bitch" protesting police brutality and systemic racism by kneeling during the national anthem.

"We're not just athletes," Lowry said during a press conference in late September, saying he had duties as a citizen that were more important than his job.

“You’ve got your president on Twitter more than a 12-year-old, saying the most outrageous things for people who are just trying to do something right,” DeRozan said. “It’s crazy.”

Raptors President Masai Ujiri has said he fully supports his players: “There’s nobody getting fired here."

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Ishmael N. Daro is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto. PGP fingerprint: 5A1D 9099 3497 DA4B

Contact Ishmael N. Daro at ishmael.daro@buzzfeed.com.

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