LeBron James reacts to DeMarcus Cousins saying he should run for president
LeBron James has never shied away from weighing in on political issues, but it doesn’t sound like he’s at all interested in running for office anytime soon.
The revelation about James’ apparently nonexistent political aspirations came courtesy of DeMarcus Cousins’ recent assertion that his Los Angeles Lakers teammate should run for president.
Cousins on LeBron James: pic.twitter.com/udtxp33GXs— TheLakersReview (@TheLakersReview) February 20, 2020
“I grew up a fan of him in general, but to get to know him off the court, like, he’s a real dude,” Cousins said of James. “And coming in, I did not expect that. I’ve always seen the corporate LeBron… He’s a real dude… I told him the other day. I’m like… ‘Bro, you need to run for president.’”
When learning of Cousins’ endorsement on Thursday, James politely demurred, albeit with a chuckle.
LeBron James does not see himself running for President pic.twitter.com/fvuZNx1D8y— The Render (@TheRenderNBA2) February 20, 2020
“No I’m not considering it, and he’s said it a few times as the season has went on so…” James said, trailing off and laughing again, per Silver Screen & Roll.
The whimsical “LeBron for President” campaigning by Cousins even elicited a response out of Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.
“LeBron is one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around. I don’t know what his knowledge is of politics, obviously, that would be the first thing that comes into question,” Vogel said. “I think he would obviously be great if that were to happen.
“His strength and intelligence, his conviction. Just being in a room, he just carries a certain respect level.”
James, as noted, is among the most outspoken players in the NBA. Whether it relates to him weighing in on political or social justice issues, James never hesitates from speaking his piece.
That was abundantly illustrated when James called out Donald Trump in 2017 on Twitter, referring to the President as a “bum.” What’s more, James has enjoyed a collegial relationship over the years with Barack and Michelle Obama, both of whom once praised him for his stewardship of the “I Promise” school in his native Akron, Ohio.
Actually running for political office, though? Whether it would be in pursuit of a less aspirational candidacy or the highest office in all the land, it’s not just on LeBron’s radar. At least for now.