Earlier this week it was revealed that NBA superstar LeBron James, who has been very vocal in politics against President Trump, may be seriously planning on running for President of the United States.
Sports analyst Skip Bayless said, “I’m close with a guy who is very close to LeBron. And this guy spent a lot of time with LeBron over All-Star weekend in Chicago.”
“And, as soon as Shannon [Sharpe] and I did this topic on Friday, this guy that I’m close to immediately texted me and he said, ‘No no no no, he's really considering this, and he was way — and it’s got a lot of ‘Y’s’ on the end of ‘way’ — way before "Boogie" [DeMarcus Cousins] came out with it.”
Bayless added: “And, the guy I know said, ‘It’s a plan of his but not yet a goal.’ But he emphasized he’s really — all caps — considering running for president of the United States.”
"So we kicked it around. I told you I'm open to this because I could really see this happening and I think he would have a chance, to not only win, but to do very well. I'd want to hear his platform, I'd want to hear a lot more. Obviously, his life and times would come under enormous scrutiny and he would have to withstand the scrutiny and probably he could. But in the end, I think he would have a real shot here. And I'm not talking about next year, I'm talking about down the line.
"I'm close with a guy who's very close to LeBron...He texted me and said 'LeBron is really considering running for President of the United States and he was wayyyyy before Boogie came out with it.'"@RealSkipBayless pic.twitter.com/4i4vffYClN
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Responding to Cousins’ remarks, James told reporters Thursday that he is “not considering” a run for president, though he confirmed Cousins frequently encouraging him to run. “He’s said it a few times as the season’s gone on, but no,” James said.
The NBA star has become increasingly political during his time in the league. For example, in September 2017, James ridiculed his home state of Ohio, saying folks there “made a mistake” voting for Trump because they were “uneducated,” The Daily Wire reported at the time.
“No matter whether you voted for him or not, you may have made a mistake and that’s OK, if you voted for him. It’s OK. I’ve done things for my daughter and realized I shouldn’t have gave my daughter that many damn Skittles. Maybe I shouldn’t have done that,” he said.
“At the end of the day, I don’t think a lot of people was educated,” James continued. “And I think that’s one of the biggest problems that we have. When it becomes vote time, people are just not educated on either the individual or what’s going on in the state of the world right now. … I don’t think a lot of people are educated and they make choices and say things that are uneducated.”
The Daily Wire