Trump vs. Biden: see which athletes have declared support for each...

Trump vs. Biden: see which athletes have declared support for each...
Trump vs. Biden: see which athletes have declared support for each...

The United States elections reach the final stretch on Tuesday (3), marked by the strong presence of professional athletes in awareness campaigns about the importance of voting. Americans choose between the current president, Republican Donald , and Democrat Joe Biden.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James and other top athletes like American football’s Patrick Mahomes and DeAndre Hopkins joined the “More Than A Vote” movement. In both leagues, more than 90% of athletes registered to vote – in 2016 only 20% of NBA players went to the polls.

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LeBron, who has led campaigns for social and racial justice, has been a recurring target of Trump. Recently, the current president again criticized the anti-racist acts of NBA athletes – who went to their knees during the anthem -, citing the fact that the audience for the finals was the worst in recent years in the United States:

– The act of kneeling has been horrible for basketball. People are angry about that – said the president, in an interview with Fox – I didn’t realize that they (LeBron) criticized me. But I would not be surprised.

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In addition to LeBron, Joe Biden has an extensive list of athlete support, which includes stars like Megan Rapinoe (football), Patrick Mahomes (NFL), DeAndre Hopkins (NFL), Magic Johnson (ex-NBA), Stephen Curry (NBA), Anthony Davis (NBA), Kyle Lowry (NBA), Chris Paul (NBA), Steve Kerr (NBA coach), Doc Rivers (NBA coach), Gregg Popovich (NBA and US coach), Billie Jean King ( former tennis player), among others.

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The NBA supported the free expression of the athletes: one of their demands, for the return of the season in the “bubble”, was to stamp the campaign for black lives in their courts Photo: Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports

Support for Republicans

Despite the great support of the athletes to Biden, among the leaders of the sport there is a clear preference for the Republicans.

According to American ESPN, the 144 owners of the 122 teams of the major professional leagues in the United States have donated US $ 47 million (R $ 270 million reais, at the current exchange rate) to federal campaigns since 2015, with just over US $ 11 million (R $ 62.7 million) went to the Democratic Party.

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NBA franchise owners have donated $ 8.3 million (R $ 47.3 million) in the past six years to the Republican Party and $ 2.6 million (R $ 14.8 million) to the Democrat. In the WNBA alone the situation is reversed: $ 1.6 million for Democrats, 300,000 more than for Trump’s party.

Some active or retired athletes have supported it in the past and continue to do so now. Case of Mike Tyson (ex-boxer), Dennis Rodman (ex-basketball player), Tito Ortiz (MMA), Chael Sonnen (MMA), Dana White (UFC president), Quinn Simmons (cyclist), Conor McGregor (UFC ), Timmy Hill (Nascar), Kim Rhode (shooting sports), Kurt Suzuki (MLB), Jack Brewer (member of Black Voices for Trump and former NFL player), Johnny Damon (former MLB), Mike Ditka (coach retired from the NFL), Road Dogg (retired WWE fighter), Corey LaJoie (Nascar), Colby Covington (UFC), among others.

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