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Lebron James Shows Support For Anti-Trump Protesters

| by Michael Howard

Basketball great Lebron James has made a subtle political statement on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

If you look closely, you will notice that 2016's Sportsperson of the Year has a safety pin secured to his lapel. The unusual accessory is meant as an expression of solidarity with Americans who feel threatened by President-elect Donald Trump, according to the Daily Mail.

James supported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for president, campaigning with the Democratic nominee at a rally in Cleveland, Ohio, less than a week before the election.

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Back in October, James officially endorsed Clinton in an op-ed for Business Insider.

"I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama," James wrote, according to The Washington Post. "I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy."

James also declined to stay at a Trump Hotel during a recent trip to New York with his team. He said the decision was a matter of personal preference.

The basketball star accepted his second Sportsperson of the Year award Dec. 12. During his speech, he saluted the African-American athletes who paved the way for equality in sports.

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"This award is for the great Muhammad Ali, for Bill Russell, for Jim Brown, for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar," James said, according to the Daily Mail. "They sacrificed everything that could've happened to them. [They] could have been stripped of everything that they had accomplished to that point."

"But their calling and their reasoning for doing what they had to do was for a night like tonight," he added. "That in 2016 in Brooklyn, New York, we all can sit up here as African-Americans, white Americans … that we all can sit in one room and just say, 'Wow, this is an unbelievable night in not only sports, but in life.'"

Sources: Daily Mail, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Keith Allison/Flickr, SI via Daily Mail

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