If you take a close look at Lebron Jame's recent cover for Sports Illustrated's Sportsperson of the Year award, you will notice a safety pin spotted of the NBA superstar's lapel. No, this is not a wardrobe malfunction. Rather, it is a silent manifesto and a symbol of solidarity to Americans who believe they will be disenfranchised by Donald Trump's impeding presidency. The pin is a safe haven; showing that the "wearer is a safe person to turn to."
This is the second time the NBA superstar has earned such an accolade, marking his impressive year on the hardwood and off the court. He brought a championship to his hometown of Cleveland, a promise he sought after when he first entered the league in 2003. But, it's his off court accomplishments and philanthropic work which posits Lebron James for the future first ballot Hall of Famer.
Not only does he donate to countless charities, including his own, Lebron has never shied away from his vocal presence and influence on pressing issues that impact the underserved and less fortunate, namely his fans. Whether it be police brutality, education or voting, James has always used his fame and star power for the betterment of society, so much in fact he decided to wear a safety pin to send out a message of solidarity and solidify his role as the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year.
He is a man, athlete, father and one of the most legendary players the game has ever seen. And he does it all, against all odds and naysayers with the mission to give back to communities that raised him. This is why Lebron James is the Sports Illustrated Person of 2016. Check out the clip below.