When you are one of the biggest names in the history of sport, what you say – and in this case who you endorse – can count for a great deal, even in politics.

LeBron James has endorsed Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential race ahead of Republican candidate Donald Trump and decided to explain exactly why, in a great deal of depth, in an exclusive opinion piece for Business Insider.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers star went into a lot of detail in explaining about his tough childhood and how “as a kid, I didn’t have much money”.

His full explanation can be found by following this link, but here are key snippets to summarise his views:

As a kid, I didn’t have much money. It was just my mom and me, and things were rough at times. But I had basketball. That gave me a family, a community, and an education. That’s more than a lot of children in Akron can say. There are a lot of people who want to tell kids who grew up like me and looked like me that they just don’t have anything to look forward to.

That’s dead wrong. And that’s why I came back to Cleveland to continue my second mission. I am determined to make sure my kids in Akron have what they need to become their best selves. Opportunities, a support system, and a safety net for kids in poverty or kids in single-parent households shouldn’t be limited to those lucky enough to be blessed with athletic talent.

When I look at this year’s presidential race, it’s clear which candidate believes the same thing. Only one person running truly understands the struggles of an Akron child born into poverty. And when I think about the kinds of policies and ideas the kids in my foundation need from our government, the choice is clear.

That candidate is Hillary Clinton.

Maybe LeBron’s influence can help Clinton succeed in what is one of the most explosive races to the White House in history.

Republican U.S. presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic U.S. presidential nominee Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of their first presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead