In an op-ed for the Akron Business Journal which was given to Business Insider, Cavaliers star LeBron James endorsed Hillary Clinton for president of the United States.
“I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama,” James wrote in the piece. “I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.”
James cited Clinton’s policies on education and the fact that she is a “unifier” who can help put an end to violence as reasons for endorsing her.
“I don’t know everything it will take finally to end the violence. But I do know we need a president who brings us together and keeps us unified,” James 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.”
James has emerged as one of the NBA’s most high-profile voices on social and political issues. He has spoken out after several police killings, and his charity launched a program in Aug. 2015 to help students attend college.
The Presidential Election will take place on Nov. 8. Ohio will be a pivotal state.