When the Dodgers faced the Cubs in Chicago for a regular-season series back in May, the team stayed at the Trump International Hotel and Tower — except for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.
The Dodgers’ slugger made accommodations to stay elsewhere during that trip, presumably because the hotel is owned by Donald Trump, according to JP Hoornstra of the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
“I didn’t stay there,” Adrian Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”
It’s assumed that Gonzalez’s reasons include an obvious conflict with the Trump, the Republican presidential nominee. Gonzalez is Mexican-American, and one of Trump’s campaign platforms includes a promise to “build a wall” on the Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants from entering the U.S.
It’s obvious why Gonzalez, who has deep Mexican roots and is involved in numerous charitable efforts in Mexico, would decline to support a business owned by Trump, but the Dodgers star would not divulge his reasoning for not staying at the team hotel in May.
Gonzalez smiled … saying, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.”
While the Trump International Hotel and Tower has been the Dodgers’ team hotel in Chicago for years, they did not stay there during their trip for the NLCS for logistical reasons, according to the team.