Which Sports activities Stars Again Joe Biden and Donald Trump?

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Which Sports Stars Back Joe Biden and Donald Trump?

Magic Johnson will campaign in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden this weekend.

The five-time NBA champion will travel to Detroit and Lansing, Michigan for two separate events to support Biden ahead of next month's presidential election.

Johnson has been vocal in favor of Biden and has used his Twitter account regularly to urge his followers to vote on November 3rd. Johnson previously criticized President Donald Trump, saying that the president "crossed his stage" when Trump received an invitation to the White House for the Golden State Warriors after their triumph in the 2017 NBA Finals.

The president said he made the decision after Warriors star Stephen Curry hesitated to accept the invitation after saying he did not want to celebrate the title with a trip to the White House and suggested that Trump had no leadership .

"I don't know why he feels the need to address certain people and not others," Curry said on September 22, 2017.

"I have an idea why, but I think it's just kind of underground, a leader of a country to go that route. It's not what leaders do."

Curry's stance on Trump hasn't changed in the past three years, and in August three-time NBA champion Biden confirmed it in a video with his wife Ayesha and daughters Ryan and Riley.

LeBron James, arguably Trump's most famous critic in the professional sports world, has also been an active advocate for Biden.

"I think what is known doesn't need to be said," he said in August.

"We are at a time when we need change. To bring about change, everything revolves around leadership. And leadership starts at the top."

Magic Johnson speaks to the crowd prior to the 69th NBA All-Star Game at the United Center on February 16 in Chicago, Illinois. The five-time NBA champion will fight for Democratic candidate Joe Biden in Michigan.
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Earlier this month, Curry also appeared in a video with the Democratic candidate and Oklahoma City Thunder star and NBA Players Association President Chris Paul, who found over 90 percent of NBA players in the May 3 election last month. November were registered for voting.

Paul and Biden visited the Carole Hoefner Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they spoke with a high school team and encouraged them to get involved in politics and vote as soon as they are eligible.

From there, they reaffirmed the importance of the vote to FaceTimed Curry – a native of Charlotte who helped renovate the Carole Hoefner Center last year.

Curry's head coach Steve Kerr has also long criticized Trump for the past four years and supported the Biden campaign last month by supporting a virtual telephone bank on the occasion of National Voter Registration Day in Tucson, Arizona.

Kerr isn't the only NBA head coach in Biden's camp. Philadelphia 76ers' newly appointed coach Doc Rivers said he was honored that the Democratic candidate quoted him during his October 6 speech in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Following the August shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Rivers had made a passionate plea for police reform, which Biden quoted earlier this month.

"I am honored that Vice President Biden chose my words as an example of the need for social change," the former Los Angeles Clippers head coach told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

"These are human rights issues that we fight. Every American should want social justice for everyone, regardless of race, gender, or political opinion."

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich and TNT's NBA analyst and former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy have also been vehemently criticizing Trump.

In September, former Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren threw his weight behind the Biden-Harris campaign, declaring that the November 3rd election was different from what he had seen in his life.

"I've never done that before – spoke to someone before a campaign […]. This choice is different," said the Super Bowl XXXI winning coach. "It's really different from any other choice in my life.

While Trump faces many adversaries in the world of professional sports, he can count on notable supporters. Several NFL owners have long been with the president's camp and far from being alone.

Two-time pro bowler Herschel Walker has repeatedly endorsed Trump and renewed his support at the Republican National Convention in August, where he defended the president's stance on players kneeling during the national anthem.

"Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our national anthem and our country, doesn't mean they don't care about social justice," he said.

"I take care of all of these things, and so do Donald Trump. He shows how much he cares about social justice and the black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than any sticker or slogans on a jersey."

Walker wasn't the only former NFL player to appear at the Republican Congress where he was joined by Jack Brewer, who accused the media of falsely portraying Trump as a racist.

"I know what racism looks like, I've seen it firsthand," he said. "America, it bears no resemblance to President Trump. I'm sick of the way he's portrayed in the media refusing to acknowledge what he's actually done for the black community. It confuses the minds of our innocent children."

Former New York Yankees and Mets bully Darryl Strawberry was also among those attending the August convention. Strawberry, who praised Trump as "very kind and caring" in a 2017 interview with Sports Illustrated, is one of several former MLB players who stand behind Trump.

Meanwhile, former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling maintained his conservative political views last year and the fact that he is a Trump supporter had cost him a spot in the MLB Hall of Fame.

Last year, Mariano Rivera, the great New York Yankees, backed the president claiming he was doing "his best for the United States" while Kurt Suzuki, the Washington Nationals catcher, wore a Make America Great Again as that Team visited the White House to celebrate their triumph in the 2019 World Series.

The two-time world champion Aubrey Huff was also an outspoken Trump supporter. In November last year, he posted a picture of him on Twitter holding a shooting target with holes, suggesting he was teaching his boys how to use a gun in the "improbable" event, "Bernie Sanders defeated Trump in the presidential election.

Donald Trump, Mariano RiveraUnited States President Donald Trump and former New York Yankees Hall of Fame pitcher Mariano Rivera chat on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington on July 23. DC President Trump and Rivera met with young baseball players to celebrate Major League Baseball's opening day.
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