Hillary Clinton: 10 Athletes Who Support the Democratic Nominee

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Hillary Clinton is getting plenty of support from the professional sports world | Win McNamee/Getty Images

If you are anything like us, you are already sick and tired of the ongoing inundation of radio and television commercials about the 2016 Presidential election. Unfortunately, with Election Day still a couple weeks away, the onslaught of personal attacks against each candidate will only grow in number and become more malicious with each passing day. On a more positive note, we’re officially finished with the three televised debates that saw Republican nominee Donald Trump square off against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. While each candidate’s supporters will seek to spin the results as positively as they can, we’re just happy that they’re over, frankly.

With the growing reach of social media platforms, we have a much clearer picture of which big-name professional athletes are supporting which presidential candidates both financially and verbally. These public figures have the ability to influence their fans and followers in ways “normal” people only dream of. With that being said, here is a look at 10 notable professional athletes who already publicly support Hillary Clinton as their No. 1 candidate of choice in 2016.

1. Alex Rodriguez

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07: Alex Rodriguez speaks during a news conference on August 7, 2016 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Rodriguez announced that he will play his final major league game on Friday, August 12 and then assume a position with the Yankees as a special advisor and instructor. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez has endorsed Hillary Clinton, despite endorsing Mitt Romney in 2012 | Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

According to public records, Alex Rodriguez donated $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign earlier this year. Interestingly, the former New York Yankees third baseman supported Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. He has since shifted course, however, and will put his support behind the Democratic nominee in 2016. It is worth noting, though, that $2,700 isn’t a whole lot of money when you consider the fact that Rodriguez made over $375 million over the course of his 22-year Major League Baseball career.

2. Jim Brown

Jim Brown has reported attended fundraising events for Hillary Clinton | Marc Serota/Getty Images
Jim Brown has reported attended fundraising events for Hillary Clinton | Marc Serota/Getty Images

A Hillary Clinton fundraiser event in Canfield, Ohio highlighted Jim Brown, a legend in the NFL and in the state of Ohio, as a featured guest. While attending the event, the Pro Football Hall of Famer publicly endorsed Clinton as his presidential candidate of choice in 2016.

3. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson attends a ceremony honoring Jackie Robinson before the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on April 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. | Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Magic Johnson has outspokenly supported the Clinton family for years, so it should come as no surprise that the three-time NBA MVP is fully behind Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential campaign. In fact, Johnson used his own house earlier this year to host (with the help of Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson) a fundraising party that ultimately raised more than $1.3 million for the Clinton campaign in one night.

4. Abby Wambach

Abby Wambach has been publicly campaigning for Hillary Clinton all year | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Abby Wambach has been publicly campaigning for Hillary Clinton all year | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Abby Wambach’s support of Clinton began during the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, and has only grown stronger as the former Secretary of State has embarked on her battle for the Oval Office against Republican candidate Donald Trump. A regular guest speaker at Clinton rallies and events, the U.S. Women’s Soccer star will likely continue being one of the more outspoken professional athletes throughout election season.

5. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the Democratic National Convention | SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks at the Democratic National Convention in support of Hillary Clinton | Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer is a huge supporter of Hillary Clinton. And the feelings are mutual. Back in 2012, while Clinton was still serving as Secretary of State, she appointed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as cultural ambassador for the U.S. Department of State on a trip to Brazil. For a deeper look into the six-time NBA MVP’s views on the election, take a look at the column he wrote for the Washington Post endorsing Clinton.

6. Hank Aaron

COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 26: Hank Aaron attends the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 2015 in Cooperstown, New York. Craig Biggio,Pedro Martinez,Randy Johnson and John Smoltz were inducted in this year's class. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Hank Aaron has made it clear that he fully supports Hillary Clinton in 2016 | Elsa/Getty Images

It should come as no surprise that Hank Aaron’s allegiance in the 2016 election lays with Hillary Clinton; he is a longtime supporter of President Bill Clinton. The former home run king donated $2,300 to the campaign and hosted a fundraiser for Clinton this past February. Aaron even endorsed the former Secretary of State of President Barack Obama back in 2008.

7. Tony Gonzalez

Now retired, Tony Gonzalez is a Clinton campaign doner | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Now retired, Tony Gonzalez is a Clinton campaign doner | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Tony Gonzalez is arguably one of the greatest tight ends in NFL history. He isn’t too outspoken in regards to the 2016 Presidential election, but he did make it clear that he supports Clinton when he chose to donate $2,700 to her campaign earlier this year.

8. Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony is a big fan of Hillary Clinton | Rich Barnes/Getty Images

Internet rumors ran rampant about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony backing Trump. The New York Knicks star said, “America will be great again, I believe that,” in a post-game interview at the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, Anthony and his family took part in a fashion show that quickly put those rumors to rest. It served as a fundraiser for the Clinton campaign in early September.

9. Mike Tomlin

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Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin would like to see Hillary Clinton in office | Joe Sargent/Getty Images

Mike Tomlin is not the type of person to attract media attention, but things are different during the 2016 election. The 44-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers head coach hosted a fundraiser luncheon for Clinton this past June. Tickets went for anywhere from $10,000 to $33,400. Don’t be surprised if Clinton makes an appearance at a Steelers game this fall.

10. Stephen Curry

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Steph Curry is a good person to have in your corner when running for office | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Out of all the professional athletes a presidential candidate could have in their corner in 2016, there may be none as influential as Stephen Curry. The reigning NBA MVP is arguably the biggest name in American professional sports today. His public endorsement is a huge win for the Clinton campaign. Don’t be surprised if the entire Curry family does everything in their power to ensure that Clinton is victorious this coming November.