LeBron James has joined Tiger Woods as the only two-time recipient of “Sportsmen of the Year” as named by Sports Illustrated.

After a stellar regular season and an even better Playoffs – which saw him put the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back en route to dethroning the Golden State Warriors and ending the city’s 52-year title drought – James certainly earned the storied accolade.

But perhaps lost amongst the breakdown of his play, was his sartorial choices for the Sports Illustrated cover.

There is a safety pin fixed prominently to his lapel. As we reported following Donald Trump’s victory in the general election back in November, the small gesture is meant to reflect that anyone against the sort of nationalistic, racist violence we’ve been seeing could identify themselves as a “safe ally” to those that fear they could be persecuted or ostracized during his presidency.

While James has been a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton in the past, he has also made further anti-Trump gestures by refusing to stay at any Trump-owned hotels when on the road this year.

For more Donald Trump coverage, check out his recent meeting with Kanye West.

Words by Alec Banks
Features Editor

Alec Banks is a Los Angeles-based long-form writer with over a decade of experience covering fashion, music, sports, and culture.

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