LeBron James teases Atlanta Dream ownership amid Georgia Senate runoffs
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is more than just a basketball player. He’s constantly immersed in the sociopolitical sphere in the country, and the four-time NBA champ has never been shy about making his feelings known — regardless of how unpopular they may be for some.
This week has been no different, with LeBron making his voice heard about the United States Senate runoff elections in Georgia. Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock just defeated Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler, who’s also a co-owner of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream, and the Lakers star is fired up about it.
Tuesday night, James shared a photo of Dream players wearing “VOTE WARNOCK” shirts and hinted at a run at team ownership:
— LeBron James (@KingJames) January 6, 2021
The Atlanta players have garnered praise for standing up for their political beliefs, especially in the face of Loeffler.
It is worth noting that Loeffler has been involved in a dispute not only against her own team but the WNBPA as well. Analis Bailey of USA TODAY provides some context about how Loeffler has fallen out of favor due to her position on the Black Lives Matter movement:
In July, the WNBA Players’ Association called on commissioner Cathy Engelbert to remove Loefller as co-owner of the Dream after she urged the league to place American flags on jerseys at the league’s season restart rather than anti-racism messages of “Black Live Matter” and “Say Her Name” patches as planned by the league and the players association. The “Say Her Name” patch was in reference to the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
For his part, LeBron James has been a staunch critic of the Trump administration, and we all know which side he’s on in the Georgia runoffs. It’s looking like Jon Ossoff is going to defeat David Perdue as well, which would give Democrats control of the Senate, so James will be happy with these results.