It’s not clear whether political endorsements from athletes and movie stars really influence voter behavior, but when it comes to basketball, there is no bigger name than LeBron James. That’s especially true in the closely matched presidential swing state of Ohio.
The four-time NBA MVP led his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to their first ever NBA championship in June. And today, James’ endorsement of Hillary Clinton is front page news in the Akron Beacon Journal.
“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,” wrote James in an op-ed published in the Journaland posted exclusively online by Business Insider. “That candidate is Hillary Clinton.”
Boarding a campaign plane Monday in White Plains, N.Y., Clinton told reporters she is “so excited” for the endorsement.