So LeBron James has offered his “endorsement”—since the traditional newspaper endorsement has lost whatever influence it ever had, it doesn’t seem too ridiculous to use the word to describe political support given by a guy who throws leather balls against the ground for a living—of Hillary Clinton for president. Or, more accurately, LeBron James™ would like you, his current and prospective consumers, to know that he is endorsing Hillary Clinton. Depending on your parameters for acceptable political discourse, this is may read as a good or a bad thing to you, with the lines most likely drawn by how closely his sentiments track your own. I, on the other hand, can’t help but think back to that old Dave Chappelle joke and wonder, “Where is Ja?” Advertisement It’s worthwhile to think back to how we got here, here being—granted that political activism by athletes is nothing new—a landscape where extremely physically fit young people feel compelled to express their political opinions, and where those opinions ramify out into the broader world, and even matter. Considerations about how Republicans, too, buy shoes matter less than they might once have to athletes ranging from Megan Rapinoe to David Ortiz. Meanwhile, the press… Read full this story
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