LeBron endorses Clinton days after owner hosts Trump fundraiser
It’s generally agreed upon that LeBron James is the most powerful player in NBA history. The Cleveland Cavaliers icon has been referred to as the team’s de facto general manager, influences plenty of decisions within the organization with his opinions, and has increased his leverage with a succession of short-term max-level contracts so that owner Dan Gilbert and general manager David Griffin know it’s in their best interest to please him. Beyond that influence with the Cavs, though, the basketball world simply listens when James speaks. It’s no surprise that his plans to continue standing during the national anthem made headlines and set a new tone for conversations around the league. LeBron James just matters.
We will now see if the same holds when LeBron weighs in on the United States presidential election. James officially endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in an op-ed set to run in Monday’s print edition of the Akron Beacon-Journal, his hometown newspaper. Here’s a sample from Business Insider, where James’s article was first printed online:
I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.
Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more. […]
There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country. We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton.
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