ESPN Flees Donald Trump Golf Course in ESPYs Tournament Move

“Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment,” the network said

Last Updated: July 6, 2015 @ 3:23 PM

ESPN is the latest company to distance itself from Donald Trump.

The network will move its ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic on July 14 from Trump National Golf Club to Pelican Hill Golf Club, it announced on Monday.

During his presidential launch speech, the real estate mogul referred to Mexican immigrants as “rapists” who bring crime and drugs into the United States, sparking a firestorm of backlash. ESPN’s event will benefit cancer research for minority populations including Hispanics, prompting the company to rethink the suitability of Trump’s location for such a cause.

ESPN’s move follows that of a number of other companies who have opted to cut professional ties with the Donald. NBC, Macy’s, Univision, NASCAR and Serta mattresses have all pulled their business ventures with Trump.

Read the network’s full statement below:

“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. 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.”