The Miami Heat will move their charity golf tournament from President Donald Trump's Doral golf resort in 2018, according to a team source.
The team did not issue a statement, and no reason was given for the move. A new site was not named. The event has been held at Trump National Doral for the past four years.
The golf tournament is one of the Heat's largest annual charitable endeavors, with proceeds benefiting the Miami Heat Charitable Fund. The 2015 event raised more than $95,000 for the fund, according to a video on the Heat's web site.
The move comes in the wake of Trump revoking an invitation to the NBA champion Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after their star Stephen Curry said he didn't want to go. Also, the president has been feuding with NFL players who have knelt during the national anthem in protest against racial inequality.
The Heat stood with arms locked during the national anthem in a show of unity last season and again during the recently completed exhibition season.
"We are an organization that honors the military. We honor the flag. We honor our soldiers that have committed their lives for this country," coach Erik Spoelstra said during the season. "We also want our players to absolutely have a voice, for a displeasure of what they're seeing around the country right now. And we encourage our guys to express themselves, absolutely, in the right way. So that's our course of action right now."
While Trump was campaigning for the presidency, the PGA Tour moved the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship from Trump National to Mexico City. The tournament had been a fixture in various incarnations at the Doral course since 1962.
Trump bought the course in 2012 and renovated it in 2013.
The PGA claimed the move wasn't due to politics but rather to the inability to secure sponsorships for 2017.
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