As NBA Teams Boycott Trump, Derrick Rose Says His Choice to Stay in Trump Tower Isn't About Politics
Three NBA teams have made the decision to boycott Trump Hotels while staying in New York and Chicago for games since Donald Trump became the president-elect.
According to USA Today, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Memphis Grizzlies have all since made arrangements to stay in other hotels when playing against the New York Knicks, the Mets, and the Chicago Bulls.
Mark Cuban, who owns the Mavericks, and Marc Lasrey, co-owner of the Bucks, were outspoken Hillary Clinton supporters throughout the election.
Because certain members of the NBA were so publicly outspoken about their dislike for the president-elect, the media began to question New York Knick's point guard, Derrick Rose, about the Trump Tower condo he purchased in Chicago for $2.8 million back in 2012.
Rose told The New York Post that he did try to sell his condo after being traded to the Knicks last year, but because the market was “soft,” he decided to keep it, despite no longer living in Chicago:
“With everything that is going on around his name and the controversy going on around his name, I get it. I bought my place well before he became [a presidential] candidate. And I felt like nobody could tell me to sell my property. But I understand the teams’ side as far as not wanting to associate themselves with that name. I understand, but my situation is a little bit different.”
Although he won't rule out the possibility of selling the condo in the future, a Chicago real estate agent told The Post that it still isn't the best time to sell if Rose wishes to make a profit.
Rose also admits that the decision to sell won't be a political one and because the location of his condo is so great, the Chicago native and former Chicago Bull may make it a place his family can keep for generations:
"I stay out of the political world. I understand both sides. If you’re a team and you have beliefs and you stand by your beliefs, you have every right to want to stay where you want to stay. The reason why I kept my place is I felt like that’s a great location. I felt no one can tell me where to sell my property and how to sell it. I felt like I can make a helluva profit down the line, if I want to sell it or don’t want to.
The location is so great, I can keep it in my family for generations."
The 28-year-old has a four-year-old son, Derrick Jr., who could potentially inherit the condo if Rose does choose to keep it in the family.