Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James endorses Hillary Clinton for president

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 26, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND– LeBron James is endorsing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president.

The NBA Finals MVP wrote about the upcoming election in an op-ed published on Sunday for Business Insider. In it, James wrote his return to Northeast Ohio wasn’t just about basketball; it was about providing more for the children of Akron.

“There are a lot of people who want to tell kids who grew up like me and looked like me that they just don’t have anything to look forward to,” LeBron said. “That’s dead wrong. And that’s why I came back to Cleveland to continue my second mission. I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves. Opportunities, a support system, and a safety net for kids in poverty or kids in single-parent households shouldn’t be limited to those lucky enough to be blessed with athletic talent.”

The star power forward said he supports what President Barack Obama has done for this country and believes that Clinton will carry on that legacy. He praised her dedication to improving schools and expanding health care.

“I also tell all my kids how important it is that they give back to the community. Because if basketball has taught me anything, it’s that no one achieves greatness alone. And it takes everyone working together to create real change,” James wrote.

“When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. 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. That candidate is Hillary Clinton.”

In the editorial, James also touched on the issue of violence in the African-American community. He said he does not have all the answers, but emphasized the importance of a president who unites, not divides.

LeBron spoke about his concerns about police relations during Cavs media day. He said it is a difficult time to be the parent of a teen.

“You know, you tell your kids, if you just apply and if you just listen to the police that they will be respectful and it will work itself out. Then you see these videos that continue to come out, it’s a scary, it’s a scary-a** situation,” James told reporters last week.