Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has endorsed Hillary Clinton. In an op-ed for the Akron Beacon Journal, obtained by Business Insider, James explains why he will vote for Clinton in November's presidential election:
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. But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified. 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.
In the editorial, James refers to President Barack Obama as "my good friend" and says that Clinton will continue Obama's legacy. He also says that Clinton is the only candidate running who "truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty." He does not mention Donald Trump by name.
In July at the ESPYs, James stood next to his friends and fellow stars, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade, saying that it was time for professional athletes to honor the memory of Muhammad Ali by educating themselves, renouncing violence and speaking up. This is an example of James not being afraid to speak up for what he believes in, regardless of the fact that it could alienate some of his fans who have different political views.
The piece will run in Monday's print edition of the Akron Beacon Journal.