LeBron James’ Refusal To Stay At Trump SoHo Has Kickstarted A Mass Exodus Of Guests
The King, LeBron James, has spoken about his displeasure with President Donald J. Trump and his SoHo hotel, and now, high end guests are staying elsewhere.
The holding company that handles all the business ventures for President Donald J. Trump has reached a deal to “exit” the faltering 46-story Trump SoHo luxury hotel that has been an eyesore in the lower Manhattan area since 2010. With a possible rebranding on the way, it appears that we have a certain GOAT NBA basketball player to thank for this development.
Sarah Maslin Nir of the New York Times reported that problems involving the current Cheeto-in-Chief have force more and more revenue, high-end guests and hotel staffers to leave or never attend Trump SoHo. A hotel staffer at Trump SoHo says that Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James helped to spearhead the exodus.
According to a longtime member of the staff who asked not to be named because employees had signed a non-disclosure agreement said that after LeBron James publicly refused to stay at the hotel last year, corporate clients and 20 or so sports teams that had been regular guests almost entirely disappeared. Porters whose base salaries were once buoyed by up to $60k a year in gratuities have earned half as much in tips.
ESPN reported that shortly after Trump’s election, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Dallas Mavericks and the Memphis Grizzles had all stopped staying at Trump-affiliated hotels during road trips to New York and Chicago, “in part to avoid any implied association with the new president-elect.” Jabari Parker ranked among the most vocal supporters of the decision to find alternative accommodations, saying of the choice, “You don’t want to endorse hate; you don’t want to endorse racism,” and “I’m really proud we won’t be staying there because I couldn’t be comfortable being around him and his businesses.”
James — who had endorsed and stumped for Hillary Clinton — insisted that he and his teammates were making no specific statement by declining to stay at the hotel. “It would be the same if I went to a restaurant and decided to eat chicken and not steak,” James said at the time. Since then, he has been more direct in his criticisms of the president. Trump has yet to sling shots in James’ way, but continues to have public disputes with NFL and NBA athletes.