LeBron James Fires Back at Political Ad Campaign for Misrepresenting Tweet

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistAugust 21, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) looks on during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)
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A digital ad campaign has been misconstruing one of LeBron James' tweets, and the Los Angeles Lakers star is not happy about it. 

He took to Twitter Friday to call out the ad and said he is looking into his legal options:

LeBron James @KingJames

Secondly, Nobody should be able to use my name (or anyone else name) to lie and deceive about the election. Not sure what we can do legally but definitely trying to figure it out! #StayWoke #LoveMyPeople✊🏾

As ESPN explained, James was addressing a story from Isaac Stanley-Becker of The Washington Post about the website Protect My Vote created by Freedom Works, a nonprofit aligned with "causes central to [President] Trump's reelection." The story explained the website is circulating advertisements on Facebook saying mail-in voting is not reliable ahead of November's election and used one of James' tweets in the ads.

The tweet was from June and said polling closures in Kentucky were signs of racism, but the Facebook post suggested James was saying the closures were because of the expansion of mail-in voting.

LeBron James @KingJames

Said it last week about GA. This is SYSTEMIC RACISM and OPPRESSION. So angry man. 😤😤😤 #BlackLivesMatter ✊🏾 #MoreThanaVote 🖐🏾 https://t.co/o9440Ugyzv

James and Patrick Mahomes are part of a group of several athletes who founded the More Than A Vote group that is fighting voter suppression.

The three-time champion also said this week he will campaign for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris leading into November's presidential election.


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