LeBron James announced his support for Hillary Clinton in an op-ed published by Business Insider on Sunday

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 03, 2016 09:55 AM

NBA superstar LeBron James has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.

In an op-ed published by Business Insider on Sunday, James wrote that he supports Clinton because “she 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 added.

James also wrote about how growing up poor in Akron, Ohio, has inspired him to donate money and time to help rebuild his hometown, and said he believes Clinton is the only candidate who “truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty.”

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He also said he feels Clinton is the best candidate to take on “the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs.”

“We need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified,” he continued. “Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together – no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.”

“There’s still a lot of work to be done in Akron, Northeast Ohio, and all across our great country. We need a president who understands our community and will build on the legacy of President Obama,” he concluded. “So let’s register to vote, show up to the polls, and vote for Hillary Clinton.”