• US 2016 ELECTIONS

    US athletes jumping into heated presidential race

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    LOS ANGELES: As the presidential candidates sprint the final leg of the race for the White House, sports luminaries are lining up behind their preferred candidates. LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Martina Navratilova have said they would vote for Hillary Clinton while Donald Trump has the support of Mike Tyson, Jack Nicklaus and Dennis Rodman. Clinton supporter LeBron James is the NBA superstar. He plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the key swing state of Ohio. He had voiced his support for Clinton in early October in a piece that ran in his hometown newspaper, Akron Beacon Journal. Stephen Curry is the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. Lakers legends Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are also backing Clinton as does the owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban. Martina Navratilova, one of the world’s top tennis players once and a gay rights activist regularly praises Clinton and disparages Trump on her Twitter account. Another female tennis legend, Billie Jean King, also supports Clinton. Hope Solo, theUS women’s football goalie considers Clinton “the best candidate, the best leader, the best diplomat.” Solo especially has high praise for Clinton’s agenda to close the gender pay gap. Among the Trump backers, the heaveyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson claims he and Trump are “really good friends.” Boxing promoter Don King has also stepped out in favor of Trump. Jack Nicklaus, the former top golfer voiced admiration for Trump in May. “I like that he’s turning America upside down,” he said in a network television interview. John Daly, winner of two major titles in the 90s, also praised Trump’s candidacy on Twitter: “That’s y I luv my friend @realDonaldTrump he’s not politics he’s business! It’s what our country needs.” Tom Brady, the star quarterback of the New England Patriots, has called Trump a friend but has not publicly endorsed him for president. Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan and New York Jets owner Woody Johnson have offered their support to Trump. Caitlyn, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion once known as Bruce, is an avowed Republican who defended transgender rights on the sidelines of the Republican convention that nominated Trump to run for president. “Our best hope to get back to a constitutional government… is in the Republican Party,” said Jenner. Dennis Rodman, the former Chicago Bulls teammate of basketball legend Michael Jordan is hoping for a Trump victory.

    AFP

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