LeBron James checked the race status of the Georgian Senate shortly after finishing his NBA game against the Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
Republican candidate Kelly Loeffler had just given up her lead over Democratic opponent Raphael Warnock; in the morning, she followed him by over 50,000 votes with 98 percent of the ballots returned. James, who often militates for liberal causes, used the deficit as a chance to attempt Loeffler’s controversial co-ownership of the WNBA’s Atlanta dream.
“I think I left to start an ownership group for The Dream,” James wrote on Twitter. “Whose?
Loeffler has quarreling with dream players about their social activism and support for the Say Her Name and Black Lives Matter movements, which are vitally important to James and central to the national discussion on social justice. She bristled at The Dream in protest against police brutality over the summer after the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville.
If Loeffler’s defeat to Warnock holds up – she has yet to concede despite the AP, CNN, Fox and MSNBC calling for a race for her opponent – and Republican David Perdue falls to Democrat Jon Ossoff in the other Georgia’s second round on Tuesday night, then Democrats would take control of the Senate. Ossoff entered Wednesday morning with a slight voting advantage.
James, of course, is a staunch opponent of President Donald Trump and has traded beards with the tenure leader on social media and through interviews. Loeffler closely linked his candidacy to Trump in an appeal to his base.
She was pressured by the Women’s National Basketball Players Association to give up her role as co-owner of The Dream, and the photo accompanying James’ tweet shows Dream players wearing “Vote Warnock” shirts. She has not yet given up her financial stake in the franchise.