LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton for President over Donald Trump

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2016

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Ohio is an important swing state in the upcoming presidential election, and one of its most famous citizens encouraged Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton on Sunday.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James wrote an endorsement for the Democratic nominee atย Business Insider as she stumps for votes against Republican nominee Donald Trump.

James pointed out coming back to Ohio was about more than bringing an NBA championship to the Cavaliers. Drawing on his experiences as a child, when "it was just my mom and me," James wrote Clinton is the best candidate to ensure the children of Akron, Ohio, have the proper support system in place for their future.

"Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty," he wrote. "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 is the founder of the LeBron James Family Foundation, which provides resources for children in Akron to pursue their education. He wrote Clinton "has always been a champion for children and their futures" and praised her efforts to improve schools and make college and health care affordable for young people.

The three-time NBA Finals MVP also wrote Clinton will continue what President Barack Obama, whom he referred to as a "good friend," has done in the White House since being elected.

According to Alyson Shontell of Business Insider, James helped Obama campaign in 2008.

James also noted he thinks Clinton is the best candidate to address the violence plaguing the country because she believes in a nation of unity.

"Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution," he wrote.

James has taken a stand on social issues and used his voice in the political arena before.

He took the stage at this year's ESPYs alongside fellow NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul to address violence impacting the country.

ABC News passed along the speech on itsย YouTubeย page:

James was one of the NBA players who stood up for Eric Garner after a New York grand jury did not indictย the police officer involved in his death.

Chris Haynes of ESPN.com shared an image of James supporting Garner with his pregame warm-up shirt before a game:

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

Photo: LeBron James during warmups sporting the "I Can't Breathe" t-shirt. #ICantBreathe http://t.co/MyzNjbqy9A

James is also one of the athletes who praised San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for choosing not to stand during the national anthem as a way of spreading his nonviolent message, per NBA TV.

James is now hoping to use his voice to propel Clinton to the nation's capital.


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