LeBron James Wears Symbolic Safety Pin on SI Cover

by December 13, 2016

If you look closely at the Sports Illustrated cover this week featuring LeBron James, the 2016 Sportsperson of the Year, you’ll spot a safety pin on the lapel of his immaculate cream-colored jacket.

The pin is a symbol of solidarity among those who fear disenfranchisement in a Donald Trump-led America.

James recently said he hopes Trump becomes a great president, for everyone’s sake.

Per the AP:

No, James isn’t suffering some sort of wardrobe malfunction. Since last month’s presidential election, the safety pin has become a symbol of solidarity with those Americans who fear they’ll be disenfranchised by a Donald Trump presidency. The pin is intended to show that the wearer is a safe person to turn to.


James campaigned for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the days before the vote. During a recent road trip, James opted to stay elsewhere than the team’s official Trump-branded hotel in New York. He called the decision a personal preference.

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