LeBron James hasn't been shy to insert himself into political discourse over the past year. Last fall, he campaigned for Hillary Clinton and this fall, he has repeatedly spoken out against President Donald Trump.
But could King James ever take his talents from the hardwood to the White House? At least one prominent actor and comedian hopes so.
Appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Wednesday -- an episode which also featured Clinton as a guest -- Will Ferrell told a story about running into James at gym in Boston last spring. The encounter ended with the "Anchorman" star asking the 4-time MVP to run for president -- a plea he repeated on Wednesday night.
Per Ferrell (H/T For The Win):
“This is the best part, right here. So, the teams would stay at this hotel because they also had, it was connected to an Equinox gym. I hope I get an Equinox pass for that. Sega Genesis, lifetime membership to Equinox. So, they had a gym there, so the teams would stay at the hotel so they could do their pregame workout. And the Cavaliers were there. And I’m, you know, lifting weights, using the Universal weight system. Love to get some Universal weights. And I see LeBron James. So, I don’t usually bother people. I kind of know Kevin Love a little bit. UCLA. I said hi to him. Then I went over to LeBron. I was like, ‘I just have to say hello. How are you?’ And I said, ‘I was just telling my wife the other night that you need to run for president. You’re from the Midwest. You’re very famous, you’re very popular, you’re very articulate. Please run for office.’
“So, LeBron, I’m telling you now: we need you.“And I would love some of your shoes.”
Ferrell gave no indication of what James' response was. It is, however, worth noting that the Cleveland Cavaliers megastar will be 35-years-old by the time the 2020 election rolls around.