CHICAGO — Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez may be best known to Chicagoans for the home run Sunday night that won the game for his team over our beloved Cubbies.
But he's now making headlines for something he didn't do in Chicago in May: he refused to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower with the rest of his team.
Gonzalez, a Mexican-American, asked Dodgers staff to find him an alternative hotel after he learned his team would be staying at the Trump Tower during a May trip to Chicago, according to Los Angeles Daily News.
"I had my reasons," Gonzalez told the paper.
Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has repeatedly offended Latinos during his campaign, saying Mexican immigrants are "bringing drugs ... bringing crime... [are] rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” He's also pledged to build a wall across the border and "make Mexico pay for it."
The Dodgers routinely stay at the hotel in Trump Tower, the paper said. For the National League Championship Series, the team stayed elsewhere, as they did not have enough time between winning their divisional series to put down a deposit, USA Today reports.
Gonzalez isn't the only person opting not to visit the Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave. The building has seen as much as 24 percent less traffic since last year, according to a study.
Since Trump announced his candidacy for president last year, Chicago's Trump Tower has been a target of ire for those who dislike him. A number of people have posted photos on Instagram flipping off the tower, and another Internet campaign proposed throwing the whole building into the Chicago River.
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