On Sunday, LeBron James was campaigning for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in his native Ohio. On Wednesday, he was looking for answers after her loss to Donald Trump.
He posted a message on his Instagram account saying in part: “If we continue the faith (as hard as it may be to do so) we will BE ALRIGHT!!” He posted a link to Kendrick Lamar’s song titled “Alright.”
James went on to say:
“Parents and leaders of our children please let them know they can still change the world for the better! Don’t lose a bit of faith! They’re our future and we must remain stronger than ever!! Yes we all wanna lace up the boots, put on the hard hats and strike but that’s not the answer. Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this.
“Minorities and Women in all please know that this isn’t the end, it’s just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!! The man above will never put something in our paths that we can handle no matter how difficult it may feel/be! To all the youth out there I PROMISE I’ll continue to lead u guys every single day without no hesitation!! Time to educate and even more mold my children into being the greatest model citizens they can become in life! They will continue the legacy beyond life! Lastly, Even if whos now in office doesn’t, Know that I LOVE YOU’LL!!!”
James’ teammate, J.R. Smith, shared a photo on Instagram of his daughter in front of the White House. In the posting, he said he wondered about the message she would take from the election.
Elsewhere in the NBA, players and coaches also shared their opinions on Tuesday’s presidential election.
Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, noticing that his players were uncharacteristically quiet because they were thinking about the election, told the Detroit Free Press that Trump was “openly and brazenly racist and misogynistic.”
“I have problems with thinking that this is where we are as a country. It’s tough on [the team],” he said.
Van Gundy went on to say, “what we have done to minorities … in this election is despicable. I’m having a hard time dealing with it.”
He later added: “I don’t know how you go about it, if you’re a person of color today or a Latino. Because white society just said to you, again — not like we haven’t forever — but again, and emphatically, that I don’t think you deserve equality. We don’t think you deserve respect. And the same with women. That’s what we say today, as a country.”
Van Gundy, however, said, “we all have to find our way to move forward.”
Golden State Warriors forward David West, who called Trump’s election as the 45th president of the United States “disappointing,” said a sports franchise would never hire someone with no experience to lead its team.
“Think about the way that NBA franchises protect themselves and NFL franchises protect themselves — they would never hire a coach that has never been in the arena of that particular sport. And we’re talking sports, we’re talking about athletics.
“Even in high school, in college, an athletic director would never hire a coach to lead a football team that’s never had any experience in football whatsoever, and we just put a person in the presidency who has no political experience. It’s crazy. It’s really crazy. But like I said, he spoke the mind of the people, and you got to respect that at the very least.”
ESPN’s Chris Haynes contributed to this report.