LeBron James and some of his Cavs teammates will boycott the Trump SoHo in lower Manhattan, with Cleveland coming to town Wednesday to take on the New York Knicks.
(At least three other NBA teams have taken a similar stance when it comes to the U.S. President-elect’s businesses.)
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James says he has no interest in talking to Knicks president Phil Jackson after recently calling him out for referring to his friends and business partners as a “posse”.
Per the Akron Beacon 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.