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LeBron James Endorsed Hillary Clinton And People Had A Lot To Say

"I can't wait to hear Trump say LeBron isn't even that good and the NBA is rigged."

Posted on October 2, 2016, at 10:20 p.m. ET

One day before Hillary Clinton's campaign is scheduled to swing through Ohio, basketball legend and swing-state hero LeBron James announced that he was with her.

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"I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama," James wrote in an op-ed published by Business Insider on Sunday night. "We must all stand together β€” 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."

People on the internet had a lot feelings.

LeBron endorsed Hillary today. https://t.co/W7w3ORFFAg

I love that LeBron James realizes that he and other stars have an important responsibility to protect this nation from Trump.

Some hoped the endorsement would help Clinton win in Ohio, where the state's electoral votes could give her an edge over Donald Trump.

This is HUGE!!πŸ™† LeBron is a HERO in Ohio. Between him & Kasich, Hillary just might win OH! πŸ‘ŠπŸ‘ŒβœŠ https://t.co/qxazGoU2b1

Some saw a proxy war between James and Bobby Knight β€” an Ohio native, basketball player, and later coach who in April endorsed Trump.

So now it's Bobby Knight versus LeBron James.

Others were just... not happy.

Lebron James endorses Hillary Clinton, he's making it really hard for me to like him


And of course, some said deplorable stuff.

So Hillary will keep us unified? Even the deplorables and basement dwellers? Lebron James should be seen and not he… https://t.co/RsDG7AY0iV

But lots of people were on pins and needles just waiting to see if Trump β€” who isn't even mentioned in James's op-ed β€” would flip out.

Trump's inevitable attack on LeBron is going to be amazing.

"Donald Trump on hearing that Lebron James endorsed #HillaryClinton for president & called POTUS Obama a good friend."

Donald Trump on hearing that Lebron James endorsed #HillaryClinton for president & called POTUS Obama a good friend… https://t.co/YNxnozjO7O

"I can't wait to hear Trump say LeBron isn't even that good and the NBA is rigged."

I can't wait to hear Trump say LeBron isn't even that good and the NBA is rigged. https://t.co/EWySK9QExo

For his part, Trump said James is a "great guy" β€” at least, back in 2013.

@realDonaldTrump @IcyJordan @KingJames


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