Three time NBA champion Lebron James has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.
On Sunday he publicly backed the Democratic nominee in an op-ed for the Akron Business Journal, which he also gave to Business Insider.
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. …
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.
LeBron linked his support of Clinton to his desire to continue giving back to the community through his foundation that helps provide a safety net for kids in poverty. He said he doesn’t want any kids to “fall through the cracks” and that “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,” he wrote. “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.
“That candidate is Hillary Clinton.”
Over the last few seasons, Lebron has been outspoken about social issues that affect the United States and its communities. Just recently he, along with three other NBA players, reached out to the public demanding an end to gun violence and racial profiling.
James is the latest high-profile celebrity to endorse Clinton. He joins Katy Perry, Bruce Springsteen and George Clooney, among others. Donald Trump has received backing from Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson, singer Azealia Banks and former NBA star Dennis Rodman.