Why LeBron’s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton Could Matter on Election Day

October 17th, 2016 by Ryan Jones Leave a reply »

When he swooped into the picture and smacked Andre Iguodala's layup off the glass four months ago, LeBron James produced the pivotal play of the 2016 NBA Finals and undoubtedly one of the signature moments of his remarkable career.

With a single gesture—and immaculate timing—James swung the momentum of the contest in his team's favor. Not long after, he celebrated a championship victory that rang across the state of Ohio.

With his thoughtful, personal endorsement two weeks ago of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, published in his hometown Akron Beacon Journal, James became the rare superstar athlete at the peak of his career to so publicly pick sides in a national election.

Given his history of involvement in social causes and the nature of an election in which the stakes are increasingly high and the middle ground largely nonexistent, that endorsement hardly came as a shock. Still, there's no doubt it was noteworthy, especially for someone so closely identified with a swing state like Ohio.

The question is whether it will matter.


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