Calls to vote, exchanges of arguments and huge donations: Never before has sport been so involved in the US elections

 Calls to vote, exchanges of arguments and huge donations: Never before has sport been so involved in the US elections

The United States presidential election is coming up, with Donald Trump, current president, and Joe Biden, former ‘vice’ of Barack Obama, as candidates. This year’s race to the White House has seen a great deal of intervention from American sports figures, notably to actively call for votes.

LeBron James, for example, is one of Trump’s most vivid critics and on several occasions has demonstrated his support for Biden. The Los Angeles Lakers, current NBA champions, helped create the “More Than a Vote” movement [“Mais do que um Voto”], with the aim of informing, protecting and appealing to the African-American communities.

During this Monday’s rally in the state of Pennsylvania, Donald Trump even criticized LeBron James. “What about basketball? What about LeBron? I felt bad for him. I felt really bad for him. A 71% drop in spectators and him winning the championship. I didn’t want to watch a single pitch. When they don’t respect our country, our flag, nobody wants to watch. Nobody,” said the U.S. president.

In response, the basketball player turned to social networks to strengthen support for the Democratic Party. “One more day. Please (vote)! We need everything to change and it all starts tomorrow”, can be read in the message left by LeBron.

Last Friday, LeBron James invited Barack Obama to a conversation on his show “The Sop”, where both expressed support for Joe Biden and stressed the importance of voting. “My mother sent me

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