LeBron James: This Is Why I'm Endorsing Clinton

Ohio's favorite son says she'll build on Obama's legacy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 3, 2016 3:51 AM CDT
Updated Oct 3, 2016 8:40 AM CDT
LeBron James Endorses Hillary Clinton
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James prepares for a photoshoot during the NBA basketballteam's media day, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Independence, Ohio.   (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Hillary Clinton has been picking up a lot of endorsements lately—including from historically Republican newspapers—but here's a rare one that doesn't contain the word "Trump." "If basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change," LeBron James writes in Business Insider, which describes him as the most influential person in the key swing state of Ohio. "When I look at this year's presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing," the Cleveland Cavaliers star writes. "Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty."

James says he supports Clinton because she will continue President Obama's policies, and she will deliver the policies that the underprivileged kids supported by his Akron foundation need. "Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures," he writes. He goes on to say that he doesn't know how to stop the violence that African-American communities are experiencing—but he does "know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified." Click for his full column. The Akron Beacon Journal notes that the timing of the endorsement is no coincidence: Clinton will hold a rally in the Ohio city on Monday. (More LeBron James stories.)

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