I do not want to start a political debate with this article. I am simply giving an opinion on a theory of mine that I have been thinking of for a few weeks now and would like to share it.
LeBron James left Cleveland for Los Angeles after last season and many people would argue that the Lakers are not that good of a team. They are 4-6 in their first 10 games in the James Era, which is horrible. However, LeBron does have another life there with his acting career and he had a house there, as well. Still, many thought there was a good chance he would stay in Cleveland.
Way back in 2016, LeBron went out and campaigned for Hillary Clinton when she came to Cleveland. LeBron appeared with Hillary at the Public Auditorium and tried to use his influence as our star basketball player and community philanthropist to get people out to vote for her in the election.
Now, this is his right and I am not, by any means, criticizing him for this decision he made. He has every right to campaign with whomever he wants.
We all know what happened when Donald Trump won the election and became the president, defeating Hillary Clinton. Moreover, he won the State of Ohio, 51.3% of the vote to Clinton’s 43.2%.
The next issue is LeBron and Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert have had their fair share of disputes, from the letter Dan wrote way back in 2010 to his support of Trump in the election. It is clear the two did not see eye to eye.
LeBron was very outspoken about his disdain for Trump, disgust that Trump won the election and once again, that is his right and I am just saying what he said.
The Cavs get beat badly in the Finals and LeBron has this decision to make. I am certain that it bothered him that he campaigned in Ohio for one candidate and the other candidate won. Celebrities certainly feel they have this huge influence and that is not what ended up happening.
If I was LeBron, I would be pissed.
Hillary Clinton won California by a landslide vote of 61.5% to Trump’s 31.5%. Califonia is very liberal, whereas Ohio can go either way and is one of the most important states in an election.
I am convinced that LeBron decided, at least as part of his decision, that he did not want to play for fans that are a majority of Trump supporters as statistically shown in the election results and he definitely does not want to play for an owner that has trashed him in the past and supports Trump.
Finally, even star athletes have feelings and I am sure LeBron felt like he wanted to be in an area where the people believed in the same things that he did. That is, at least in part, why he went to LA.
Many of you will have read this and say that no way did this impact LeBron’s decision at all. You may be right, but I once against want to enforce that this is completely a theory of mine and I do not have any concrete evidence and I am not claiming to have it.
Here is the video if you’d like to watch it. Image: Hillary Clinton