LeBron James Wears Safety Pin on Sports Illustrated Cover
The safety pin has become a crowd-sourced symbol of solidarity, worn to demonstrate that the wearer does not believe in the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump.
LeBron James might be taking a stand while on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
The NBA star, who is the recipient of this year's Sportsperson of the Year award from the magazine, sported an oversize safety pin on the lapel of his suit for his cover shoot.
The safety pin has become a crowdsourced symbol of solidarity, worn to demonstrate that the wearer does not believe in the campaign rhetoric of Donald Trump, which has been called racist and xenophobic. The pin is a way of showing the person is a safe space for those who are afraid, many of whom are minorities.
Though James has not stated whether the pin was worn to communicate this particular stance, he spoke about his activism plans in the SI cover story: "I want it to be more about what I can do to help my community, what we can do so kids feel like they’re important to the growth of America, and not like, 'These people don’t care about us,'" he said. "I’m not here to stomp on Trump. We’re here to do our part, which starts in the place we grew up, street by street, brick by brick, person by person."
James campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and recently opted not to stay with the rest of his Cleveland Cavaliers team at the official Trump-branded hotel in New York. He called the decision a "personal preference."