49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have anywhere near the athletic accomplishments of 4-time NBA MVP LeBron James — but Kaepernick’s profile and political influence are perhaps just as high right now due to his protest against standing for the National Anthem. (The protest that has galvanized supporters and started a movement.) Consequently Kaepernick is asked to comment on all things political — and he recently said about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that both candidates were “proven liars.” Kaepernick’s response showed a regrettable inability to make meaningful distinctions between the two candidates and their positions — and which would benefit his supporters most.
LeBron James, on the other hand, has been able to make a distinction between the two candidates, coming out with a Hillary Clinton endorsement. James believes that his fans would be better served by the Clinton platform, and has chosen not to indulge the “they’re both evil” ambivalence that attends Kaepernick’s response. Kaepernick is asking very important questions with his protest. He is leaving it up to others to provide some answers. James is saying one answer, for now, is Hillary Clinton — “to build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama.”