LeBron James, as he has shown time and again through civic engagement off the court, will not “shut up and dribble.”
On Saturday, the new Lakers superstar wore a “Beto for Senate” hat when making his entrance in San Antonio.
Beto O’Rourke is running against Ted Cruz for a Senate seat, a hotly contested race in Texas that could contribute to Democrats flipping the Senate should O’Rourke prevail.
James has not been shy about his political leanings and has repeatedly condemned actions by President Trump. He had previously signaled his endorsement for O’Rourke after the candidate’s comments about kneeling during the national anthem were widely shared.
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O’Rourke said in a town hall meeting that he thought there was “nothing more American” than Colin Kaepernick and other NFL players kneeling to protest police brutality.
“A Must Watch!!!” James tweeted in response to that clip back in August. “Salute @BetoORourke for the candid thoughtful words!”
James has sparred in the past with President Trump, who insulted James’ intelligence after the Lakers star did an interview with Don Lemon in which he said the President is using sports to divide people. President Trump has been stumping for Ted Cruz, despite past insults of the long-time Texas Senator. Trump coined Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” during the 2016 Presidential campaign and also suggested Cruz’s father was associated with Lee Harvey Oswald.
But now that it suits him, the president is perfectly happy propping up Cruz. At a rally last week, Trump mocked O’Rourke.
“Ted’s opponent in this race is a stone cold phony named Robert Francis O’Rourke,” appearing to poke fun at the candidate’s nickname. Ted Cruz’s real name is Rafael Edward.
James, of course, cannot vote in the Texas Senate race because he is a California resident, but he still chose the public show of support for O’Rourke in a race that has been highly followed.