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LeBron James endorses Hillary Clinton, calls for hope and unity

LeBron James, who last season led the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA championship, endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Sunday.

James announced his decision in an op-ed article in Business Insider, saying that Clinton understands the struggles of childhood poverty and as president would enact policies that would build on the legacy of President Obama.

He added that he believed Hillary Clinton would champion causes for children, provide more educational opportunities and "address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing."

"Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty," wrote James, who himself grew up in Akron and who praised his own foundation's efforts to help at-risk young people. "And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear. That candidate is Hillary Clinton."

Despite his popularity, it is unclear at this point how much his endorsement will help Clinton against her opponent Donald J. Trump.

LeBron James also touched upon the issue of recent police killings of black men and women.

"Finally, we must address the violence, of every kind, the African-American community is experiencing in our streets and seeing on our TVs," he wrote. "However, I am not a politician, 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."

"Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution," he added. "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."