LeBron James praises Patrick Mahomes for joining voting rights group: ‘Means a lot’
Patrick Mahomes confirmed on social media that he will be actively involved in the efforts of the voting rights group, “More Than A Vote,” an initiative officially launched Monday that includes LeBron James among its membership.
The Los Angeles Lakers superstar subsequently welcomed the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback into the fold on Twitter while also expressing gratitude to the Super Bowl winner for joining the cause.
And…everyone welcome this game changer (on and off the field) @PatrickMahomes to the family. Means a lot my Brother to have your voice in this with us. #MoreThanAVote #BlackLivesMatter— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 23, 2020
Mahomes unsurprisingly reacted to James’ comments, writing on Twitter, “Let’s do this.”
Change isn’t made by watching from the sidelines. Let’s do this @KingJames. @morethanavote https://t.co/3CFvuFndPh https://t.co/IHYXphHBWR— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) June 23, 2020
James’ praise of Mahomes was preceded by the NBA superstar officially sharing the news of More Than A Vote’s official launch.
We live!!! https://t.co/myvC7O9Omi Thank you to every incredible athlete and artist working to help us pull this together. Change doesn’t happen sitting on the sideline. Use our site to register and join our fight against voter suppression. #MoreThanAVote #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/qcowjYBefW— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 23, 2020
More Than A Vote’s mission statement, as relayed on its site, is summarized by the message, “Change Isn’t Made By Watching From The Sidelines.”
“We are Black athletes and artists working together,” the site’s statement reads. “Our priority right now is combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020.”
James of course has been an advocate for social change throughout his career, and his longtime activism has made him a target of criticism from those who don’t share his attitudes concerning systemic racism, police misconduct and social injustice.
Mahomes, meanwhile, has been similarly outspoken concerning such issues during his three-year NFL career.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Mahomes and teammate Tyrann Mathieu were heading up the Chiefs’ voter registration drive ahead of the 2020 election. The fact that Mahomes joined a more widespread effort concerning voter rights and combating voting suppression was a logical next step.