ESPN is the latest in a growing list of companies that have severed their business relationship with presidential hopeful Donald Trump over his immigration statements.
Effective immediately, ESPN’s annual ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic will be played at the Pelican Hill Golf Club instead of Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, Entertainment Weekly reported.
“We decided it was appropriate to change the venue, and are grateful for the opportunity to stage the event at Pelican Hill on short notice,” ESPN said in a statement. “This charity outing benefits the V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, providing resources for important cancer research for minority populations, including Hispanics and African Americans. Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment.”
NBC and Univision severed ties with Trump’s beauty pageant; Macy’s, meanwhile, announced it was pulling the businessman’s clothing line, as WND previously reported.
The furor stems from comments Trump made during his presidential campaign announcement speech. Then, he said Mexico generally sends rapists and other criminals across the border into America. He’s since doubled down on those comments, pointing again to that view most recently while remarking about the illegal immigrant with seven felonies and five previous deportations who is now accused of shooting and killing a 32-year-old woman on a San Francisco pier.