Donald Trump's sporting connections


Donald Trump’s sporting connections

There has long been a connection between sport and the White House. Its new incumbent, Donald Trump, was a keen wrestler in his youth, just like Abraham Lincoln long before him, and even George Washington, America’s first President. Might that help Trump grapple with the myriad issues he’s set to face?

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump took part in WWE’s Wrestlemania in 2007 for an event billed as the “Battle of the Billionaires.” He shaved the head of WWE chairman Vince McMahon, held down here by Bobby Lashley (R) and ”Stone Cold” Steve Austin, after winning a bet — and even bodyslammed McMahon for good measure.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump owns 17 golf properties, the majority across the States, but also in Scotland, Ireland and Dubai. He’s had issues trying to develop his course near Aberdeen, facing opposition from local residents over plans to build new homes and accommodation units.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump is a regular visitor to the US Open tennis tournament, though he was booed by the crowd when he attended in 2015. He even tried his hand at managing US player Monique Viele around the turn of the millennium, though her highest singles ranking was 817 in the world.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump watches the American Football game between the Navy Midshipmen and the Army Black Nights in Baltimore in December 2016. Though he has never owned an NFL team, he did buy the New Jersey Generals in the United States Football League in the early 1980s, but the competition collapsed two seasons later.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump, seen here on a visit to watch the New York Yankees, has also trumped up his baseball ability as a young man, telling MSNBC last year: “I was the best baseball player in New York when I was young.”

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

Trump has been to several NBA games, but has faced criticism from some players and coaches in the league since his election. LeBron James decided not to stay at a Trump-branded hotel in New York on a recent visit to play the Knicks. “It’s just my personal preference, I’m not trying to make a statement,” the basketball star said when quizzed by reporters.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

In the 1980s, Trump entered the boxing market and began hosting fights at his Trump Plaza in Atlantic City — one early bout involved former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.

Donald Trump’s sporting connections

In 2011, Trump had been due to drive the pace car at the Indianapolis 500 race — which was celebrating its 100th anniversary. He dropped out after being widely criticized for questioning President Obama’s US citizenship and education record.