Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay at Chicago's Trump Hotel

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Adrian Gonzalez of Los Angeles Dodgers hits a two-run RBI single in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during game one of the National League Championship Series at Wrigley Field on October 15, 2016.

Headlines about Gonzales' refusal to stay at Trump's Chicago hotel came as the New York Times explored a novel form of protest against Trump in a story published Monday: Would-be and former customers are boycotting his hotels, restaurants, and golf courses nationwide.

"I didn't stay there", Gonzalez said. "I had my reasons".

The Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago has been the traditional stop for the Dodgers while in Chicago. Gonzalez has played for the Mexican national team in numerous worldwide competitions including the World Baseball Classic. He has also spoken against Mexican immigrants and their presence in the United States. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us", he said.

"They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime". In some of his first comments after announcing his candidacy in June of 2015, Trump described Mexicans coming into this country as rapists, criminals and killers. Whether they needed these rooms hinged on the outcome of the previous series against the Washington Nationals-which wrapped on Thursday night-and Trump Tower needed a non-refundable deposit to hold the rooms they needed.

Room-service preferences, family obligations - or maybe politics - will occasionally prompt one of the Dodgers' players to ask the team's staff to arrange accommodations at a hotel other than the team hotel during a road trip. For this visit, the Dodgers stayed at a different hotel for reasons unrelated to Gonzalez's earlier request this season, the column reported.

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