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LeBron James, Athletes React to Joe Biden's Projected Presidential Election

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press

LeBron James and other athletes are reacting Saturday after Democratic candidate Joe Biden was widely projected as the winner in Pennsylvania to put him above the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the 2020 United States presidential election over Republican incumbent Donald Trump.

CNN was one of a number of major networks to call the election Saturday. 

Biden was projected as the president elect on the fifth day of counting votes after polls closed across the U.S. on Tuesday. Should Biden's victory in Pennsylvania be confirmed, the former vice president to Barack Obama holds an insurmountable 273-214 lead with Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Nevada and North Carolina still uncalled, per Decision Desk HQ.

Here's a look at reaction to the result from around the sports world:

LeBron James @KingJames

😉 @morethanavote 👑 https://t.co/n6kmG12H1X

LeBron James @KingJames

Let’s go!!!!! Black voters came through...again. Be proud as hell but do not stop! We must stay organized and keep working. We just tipping off. I promise you I’m here for y’all throughout! ✊🏾💪🏾🖤 @Morethanavote https://t.co/Zi1NInJeOd

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Joel “Troel” Embiid @JoelEmbiid

Well America TRUSTED THE PROCESS and it paid off #TheProcess https://t.co/9XfWvQTZET

Darius Butler @DariusJButler

https://t.co/J6rXzPbQxi

Alex Morgan @alexmorgan13

Lol 😂 🙌🏼 https://t.co/UVwWYd32jq

Meghan Klingenberg @meghankling

And congrats @JoeBiden too. Haha! YESSSSSS

Warren Sapp @WarrenSapp

PSA for A Lot! https://t.co/SA8xmOARJW

Megan Rapinoe @mPinoe

President Elect @JoeBiden and Madam Vice President @KamalaHarris congrats!!! #46 LFG 🇺🇸

Kyle Lowry @Klow7

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!!!!

Trump quickly became a polarizing figure among athletes after he was elected in 2016, in particular after he staunchly opposed players taking a knee during the national anthem in protest against social injustice and racial inequality.

His most common target in recent years was James, an outspoken critic of the president who joined other sports stars to create the More Than A Vote campaign. Trump called him "nasty" and a "hater" during an October appearance on The Rush Limbaugh Show (via TMZ Sports).

LeBron James @KingJames

https://t.co/J40qxvNc82

Trump's words and actions led several teams to skip the traditional White House visit after winning a championship over the past four years, while others continued the trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue but saw individual players opt out.

Biden will be sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Kamala Harris will serve as his vice president.

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