ESPN has moved its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic away from the Trump National Golf Club in response to comments made by mogul Donald Trump that were construed as insensitive to Mexican-Americans.
In his June 16 press conference announcing his candidacy for President of the United States, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. Tehy’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
ESPN was not the first company to cut ties with Trump. Macy’s announced it was canceling his line of clothes, NBC-TV said he will no longer host the popular reality TV show “The Apprentice” and his line of beauty pageants also took a hit, being dropped by NBC as well as Univision, the primary Mexican network.
Trump released a three-page statement on Monday defending his words, calling the Mexican government “cunning”, and calling Macy’s, NBC, and others “weak” for their position.
ESPN’s charity tournament will instead be played at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Los Angeles on July 14.