The great figure of American basketball is one of the figures outside of politics who most opposed the government of the billionaire. And, when the Democratic victory was confirmed, he celebrated it on the networks.
LeBron James is the great figure of the NBA. And not only because of what it does on the parquet. His leadership was also key during recent times when the players of the best basketball league in the world stood on their hands before the episodes of racial and police violence that shook the United States during the Donald Trump administration.
James was an active activist against the Republican leader and not only criticized him whenever he could but also unconditionally supported the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, who has just gathered the necessary number of large voters to become the future president of the United States.
It was thus that as soon as the news was known, LeBron celebrated the news with a post on Twitter. It is a photomontage on an image of a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers, his former team, and the Golden State Warriors. There James puts the cover on Andre Iguodala, but instead of the faces of the two players – who met in the final between the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat – are those of Biden and Trump.
As soon as the message was posted, it did not stop adding likes and retweets. The same happened with his previous post, actually a retweet, in which you see a gif of Trump in his days as the protagonist of a reality show with the message that characterized him every time he expelled a participant: “You are fired.” Yes, the forward had the pleasure of “kicking” Trump.
James had already uploaded on Tuesday, Election Day, a post with a photo of the Democratic candidate and the vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, accompanied by the message “One more day, please vote. We need everything to change and everything starts tomorrow ”.
“I’m not going to go into a tug of war, much less with that guy (Donald Trump), but we want things to improve and a change in our community,” LeBron later stated.
James had also participated in the creation of a platform known as “More than a vote” (more than a vote) in which people from the public sphere such as Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (Democratic politician) participated, but also other athletes such as the player of American football Patrick Mahomes or Olympic champion Allison Félix.
“Something has to be done so that people go to vote. Many think that their vote does not matter, it is what they were taught and how they educated us and that is what we feel. It is something almost institutionalized. But I want to give correct information to the people and understand how important each one is to vote, “James had emphasized in an interview with The New York Times.
LeBron was also a promoter of anti-racist demonstrations in the United States. “We speak of police brutality, of the systematic racism that continues to exist. A lot is happening, and the suppression of voters in our communities seems to be a priority issue. So it is something we want to educate our people about,” he had explained. .
At the end of last September, a report by the British news channel Channel 4 revealed that some 3.5 million blacks were classified by the Trump campaign in 2016 under the term “Deterrence” to refer to the voters they wanted to be. stay home on Election Day. The plan was to encourage them through social media not to vote.