LeBron James Wore A Safety Pin On The Cover of Sports Illustrated

Christine Rousselle
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Posted: Dec 16, 2016 3:30 PM
LeBron James Wore A Safety Pin On The Cover of Sports Illustrated

Basketball star LeBron James is on the cover of Sports Illustrated's "Sportsman of the Year" issue wearing a massive safety pin in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. James was a high-profile supporter of Hillary Clinton and campaigned with her in his home state of Ohio shortly before the election.

After Trump was elected, there was a brief effort to bring back the "safety pin" campaign that started after Brexit passed in the United Kingdom. The idea was that those who were against bigotry could wear a safety pin on their clothes as a symbol of their tolerance. The meme was criticized from both the left and from the right.

Reaction to James' safety pin was decidedly mixed:

James was also the 2012 Sportsperson of the Year.