Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez drawing unwanted attention over his choice to not stay in a Trump hotel

From behind the Dodgers bench, Adrian Gonzalez glanced at his teammates who were taking their first rounds of batting practice during an afternoon workout. He looked down and sighed.

Gonzalez was suddenly part of the national conversation about the upcoming presidential election, courtesy of actions he had quietly taken five months earlier. 

The Mexican American first baseman had refused to stay with his team at a Chicago property owned by Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The story became known Sunday night, and some people on social media were celebrating him as a hero as he and the other Dodgers were preparing for their Tuesday showdown against the Chicago Cubs in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

Except …

“I don’t want this to be a story,” the first baseman said. “I did it for myself,” he explained.

Gonzalez doesn’t want to be another Colin Kaepernick, who is kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Gonzalez said that his views on social issues were a private matter. He might do something in protest, as he did when he asked the Dodgers to not provide Trump with business on his behalf, but he thinks that isn’t for anyone else to know.

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