LeBron James made an appearance on late-night television Wednesday as a guest on VICE TV's newest series, "Stick to Sports."
The series hosted by Cari Champion and Jemele Hill covers a range of topics including sports, pop culture and politics.
The Los Angeles Lakers' star checked-in from the NBA Bubble to discuss his work with More Than A Vote, a coalition of Black athletes and artists working to fight against voter suppression ahead of the 2020 presidential election working to protect and amplify historically marginalized voices.
"More Than A Vote is not only about trying to get people in our community to actually go out and vote; it is also giving them the knowledge and the power and the mechanism to know that they can create change," James told VICE. "That's all we hear in the Black community all the time, saying we want change."
“We've been lied to for so many years in the Black community, saying that we can't do this and we can't do that because we are so bottom-of-the-barrel,” James continued. “Change starts at the very top when it comes to leadership, but it also is going to continue beyond November going into December and also into 2021.”
When asked about the presidential elections, James said he "for sure" would campaign for the Joe Biden, Kamala Harris ticket.
"We are at a time where we need change. In order for change [to occur] it's all about leadership, and leadership starts at the top," James said.
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LeBron James warms up prior to Game 1 of the Lakers' playoff series against the Trail Blazers. (Photo: Mike Ehrmann, USA TODAY Sports)
LeBron James is no stranger to being politically active. In 2016, James was vocal in his endorsement of Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton and made his appearance on the campaign trail as a speaker at Clinton's rally in Cleveland, Ohio. James has also been actively speaking on political issues and social justice issues in recent years stating that seeing President Barack Obama in office made him want to be better.
As for playoffs, James says he is "extremely focused."
"Cari and Jemele are the only ones that could get me on a phone call right now," James said. "I got the playoffs on my TV and it's nothing but basketball going on in here. I am locked in."
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