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LeBron James sports safety pin on Sports Illustrated cover

December 13, 2016 GMT
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)) gestures next to Washington Wizards guard Sheldon McClellan (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. James is seen wearing a safety pin on the Dec. 19, 2016, cover of Sports Illustrated (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)) gestures next to Washington Wizards guard Sheldon McClellan (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. James is seen wearing a safety pin on the Dec. 19, 2016, cover of Sports Illustrated (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)) gestures next to Washington Wizards guard Sheldon McClellan (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. James is seen wearing a safety pin on the Dec. 19, 2016, cover of Sports Illustrated (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)) gestures next to Washington Wizards guard Sheldon McClellan (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. James is seen wearing a safety pin on the Dec. 19, 2016, cover of Sports Illustrated (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 11, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23)) gestures next to Washington Wizards guard Sheldon McClellan (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Washington. The Cavaliers won 105-94. James is seen wearing a safety pin on the Dec. 19, 2016, cover of Sports Illustrated (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

If you take a close look at LeBron James’ recent cover photo for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year award, a safety pin can be spotted on the NBA superstar’s lapel.

No, James isn’t suffering some sort of wardrobe malfunction. Since last month’s presidential election, the safety pin has become a symbol of solidarity with those Americans who fear they’ll be disenfranchised by a Donald Trump presidency. The pin is intended to show that the wearer is a safe person to turn to.

James campaigned for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the days before the vote. During a recent road trip, James opted to stay elsewhere than the team’s official Trump-branded hotel in New York. He called the decision a personal preference.

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