Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James endorsed Hillary Clinton Sunday evening, the day before the Democratic nominee is scheduled to visit James’ Ohio hometown of Akron, campaigning on the economy.
In the op-ed piece published by Business Insider, James said his goal after winning multiple NBA championships is to mentor and provide support for children who grew up in Northeast Ohio.
“When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing,” James wrote. “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.”
Ohio is a prominent battleground state. Trump is rallying Republicans across the state, despite Gov. John Kasich’s lack of endorsement of the GOP nominee, who bested him in the primaries.
Obama carried Ohio in both 2008 and 2012.
James also wrote that Clinton “will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama.”
“I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy,” he wrote.