Like millions of Americans, the biggest names in sports will be taking part in Tuesday’s presidential election and voting for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. While some athletes have been reluctant to discuss which political candidate they support, others have endorsed one of the nominees.
Just hours before the polls opened, Trump proudly announced that two of the greatest winners in American sports history cast their ballots for him. The crowd at a Trump rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, cheered when the nominee informed them that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told him over the phone that he voted for the Republican nominee. Trump also read a letter that was penned to him by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign,” Belichick wrote. “You have dealt with an unbelievable slanted and negative media, and have come out beautifully. You’ve proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing. I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable. Hopefully, tomorrow’s election results will give the opportunity to make America great again.”
Brady has called Trump a “good friend,” though he hasn’t publicly said he would vote for Trump. Brady’s wife, Gisele Bundchen, said on Instagram that neither she nor her husband supported the Republican candidate.
Trump has also received public support from other notable NFL players and head coaches. Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Richie Incognito and head coach Rex Ryan have appeared at a Trump rally. Former wide receiver Terrell Owens offered his support for Trump in 2015, and former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light has endorsed Trump as well.
In the NBA, however, Clinton has almost all of the support. Perhaps the most vocal Clinton supporter in professional basketball has been Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. Cuban even offered to donate $10 million to the charity of Trump’s choice for the opportunity to interview him. HoopsHype found that NBA players, coaches and front office personnel donated nearly $1.5 million to the Clinton campaign, while the website couldn’t find one NBA player that gave money to Trump’s campaign.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James isn’t only the NBA’s biggest star, but he’s been maybe the league’s most vocal player during the presidential race. After endorsing the Democratic nominee last month, he appeared alongside Clinton at a rally with teammate J.R. Smith. New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has also endorsed Clinton.
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, MLB Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and soccer star Abby Wambach have campaigned for Clinton. Prominent Trump supporters also include golfer John Daly, former college basketball coach Bobby Knight, former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling and UFC president Dana White.