*He may not be all the way down with Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but LeBron James says he’s with her. In the case “her” is Hillary Clinton.
In an op-ed posted by Business Insider, James wrote that he’s backing the Democratic presidential candidate 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,” James writes.
Clinton will campaign in Ohio on Monday, including in Akron, James’ hometown. James, however, will not attend the event, according to an aide.
“There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country,” James writes. “We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama. So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls and vote for Hillary Clinton.”
James, the most well-known basketball player in the United States, currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and it is likely that his endorsement is more coveted than most Ohio papers.
Here are more excerpts from LeBron James’ Hillary Clinton endorsement statement:
“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.”
“She wants to make sure kids have access to a good education, no matter what zip code they live in. She’ll rebuild schools that are falling apart and put more money into computer science. She’ll make sure teachers are paid what they deserve so they can give everything to their students.”
“She also has plans to make college a reality for more people in America, especially for those who can’t afford it. My kids in Akron are proof of the hope and motivation that come from knowing college can be in their future, no matter what obstacles they might be facing.”
“Finally, we must address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs. I believe rebuilding our communities by focusing on at-risk children is a significant part of the solution. However, I am not a politician, I don’t know everything it will take finally to end the violence.”