Today, America is heading to the polls to decide the next President of the United States. Historically, this has always been a big day. In previous elections, the nation has came to a halt awaiting the final score. However, today is different. With so much on the line, it seems strange that the sports world will be business as usual. Well, it actually won’t be.
Traditionally for athletes, the only thing that dominates over sports is family. Rarely ever will an athlete prioritize anything over their profession, unless there is a dire situation at home. Today, however, for the first time in decades, that will change. Face of the NBA LeBron James has said as much: “I think, definitely, basketball comes second even though we have a job to do today.”
James is in a unique position, because not only has he been vocal in his support for Hillary Clinton along with other prominent athletes, he is the most popular figure in Cleveland, a valuable swing state in the 2016 election.
In the full interview from Cleveland.com, James goes on to disclose that someone will be keeping the team informed on the state of the race while the game is being played tonight. It just goes to show that in the 2016 election, nothing is business as usual. Not even for LeBron James.
The intersection of politics and sports is a fragile one, and it isn’t usually opened up except for special occasions. However, this cycle has completely blown the lid off what we should usually expect. Many athletes have come out supporting Clinton, and some have thrown their weight behind Trump. The election comes at a time when athletes are becoming increasingly vocal in the fight against social injustices. Regardless of who wins the election, it appears to have started a political conversation that isn’t dying down any time soon.