“Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.”
With that line, LeBron James endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president. He wrote an op-ed that has appeared on Business Insider and will run in the Akron Beacon Journal on Monday.
Few NBA players — or professional athletes for that matter — will endorse anyone in this race. Colin Kaepernick certainly has not. Without a doubt there are a few Trump supporters among NBA players (and more than a few owners — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert recently hosted a Trump fundraiser in Ohio). But LeBron is a popular figure in a swing state, amplifying his voice on the issue.
Here is part of what he wrote:
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….
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.
Republican nominee Donald Trump leads in Ohio polls, and there are reports the Clinton campaign is pulling back from the state to focus on other swing states (her path to winning does not need to include Ohio).
In what is a contentious election, it would not be a surprise to see some NBA players endorse one candidate or the other. None of which likely carries much weight with voters. Certainly, LeBron in Ohio carries more than most.