Adrián González Declined Donald Trump’s Hospitality. Here’s What We Know
Adrián González isn’t the most politically active person in sports (though he does have his beliefs about Planned Parenthood), but his actions are definitely proving that he’s unafraid to take a stand. This past past May, while the rest of the Los Angeles Dodgers took up temporary residence at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago, González asked for alternative accommodations.
“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez told reporter JP Hoornstra. “I had my reasons.”
Though González didn’t explicitly state why he avoided Trump’s property, there are several factors that might have influenced his decision. González, who was born in the U.S. — both of his parents are from Mexico — grew up in Tijuana, where his parents’ family business was located. González’s ties to the country are very important to him. He has even played for Mexico’s national team at the World Baseball Classic. Baseball’s current commissioner Rob Manfred praised Adrián in a recent interview, saying, “The Dodgers have a proud history of global ambassadors for our sport, and I applaud Adrián’s leadership and commitment to the Mexican national team.”
González was also instrumental in introducing Spanish accent marks on jerseys.
“I’m Mexican and I’m American,” Gonzáles told the Los Angeles Times back in 2013.
Donald Trump’s adversarial relationship with immigrants has soured many people’s opinions of the billionaire. So it’s not hard to imagine that González might not be Trump’s biggest fan. González, however, has kept his mouth shut on this development, telling Orange County Register’s J.P. Hoornstra, “We’re here to play baseball not talk politics.” During the current NLCS, the Dodgers chose a different hotel in their most recent trip to Chicago — not because of Trump, though. There were issues with booking.
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