In a move that will likely upset a lot of basketball fans and make others cheer, the most popular player in the game is now endorsing Hillary Clinton.
In an op-ed that will appear in the Akron Beacon Journal on Monday, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James said he’s voting for Clinton. It wasn’t just another “Donald Trump is dangerous, so we need to vote for the other person” endorsement, either. It was a passionate full-throated appraisal of Clinton and of all that she has done. He’s supporting her for all the right reasons:
If basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change.
When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.
James sees some of himself in Clinton.
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.
James even addressed Republican racists’ (and Trump’s) favorite talking point: “black on black crime.” He believes Clinton, not Trump, is the one who stands a chance of helping.
Finally, we must address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs. I believe rebuilding our communities by focusing on at-risk children is a significant part of the solution. However, I am not a politician, I don’t know everything it will take finally to end the violence. But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified. Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together — no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.
If you aren’t a basketball fan, know that this is a huge deal. Ohio is a perennial swing state. In 2004, Ohio gave us the second term of Bush. It’s been looking lately that Trump has a better chance of winning Ohio, and this could change that dynamic. In Ohio, James is kind of a god.
Of course, not everyone is happy. Many fans are outright pissed and some are outright racist.
— Gareth Warren (@GarethisLove) October 3, 2016
Just wait till Trump realizes the most popular player in basketball and perhaps the most popular person in Ohio is definitely not with him.
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