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LeBron James, Dan Gilbert weigh in on presidential race

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With a month to go, Cavalier voices weigh in

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers-Media Day Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, a couple reporters surrounded forward James Jones. Cavs are down, 2-1. A lot of media think the series is over. Was Jones watching a lot of the coverage?

The answer he gave was no, that he didn’t watch much sports news at all. Mostly political news. Jones was a fan of Bernie Sanders. And so a few of us spent 5-10 minutes discussing money in politics and the problems facing the country, and Jones advocated for his guy. It was pretty cool.

Since that time, the election has heated up and everyone has their view. Dan Gilbert, the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, was recently reported to have held a private fundraiser for Donald Trump, the Republican candidate for President of the United States. Further reporting indicated that the fundraiser was held in a Gilbert owned property in Detroit, but his personal involvement is a bit more unclear.

On Sunday night, LeBron James wrote an impassioned plea endorsing Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for President.

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

Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more.

She wants to make sure kids have access to a good education, no matter what zip code they live in. She’ll rebuild schools that are falling apart and put more money into computer science. She’ll make sure teachers are paid what they deserve so they can give everything to their students.

In a democracy, people get to speak up and make their views known on issues. Celebrity opinions are a dime a dozen, but it’s tough to marginalize their impact. After all, Donald Trump himself has risen from a role on The Apprentice to actual nominee. Anyone can make it here.