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LaDainian Tomlinson pleaded for racial unity and harmony during his Hall of Fame speech, a common theme of the evening amid a turbulent political climate.

The former Chargers running back recounted a story of his great-great-great grandfather coming to the United States on a slave ship from West Africa, and called for harmony in these polarizing times.

“The family legacy that began in such a cruel way has given birth to generations of successful, caring Tomlinsons,” he said Saturday. “I firmly believe that God chose me to help bring two races together under one last name: Tomlinson. I’m of mixed race, and I represent America. My story is America’s story. All our ancestors, unless we’re American Indian, came from another country, another culture. Football is a microcosm of America. All races, religions, and creeds living, playing, competing side by side.”

Tomlinson continued, invoking the message of change championed by former President Barack Obama.

“On America’s team, let’s not choose to be against one another. Let’s choose to be for one another. My great-great-great grandfather had no choice. We have one. I pray we dedicate ourselves to be the best team we can be, working and living together, representing the highest ideals of mankind, leading the way for all nations to follow. One of the most eloquent orators of our time said it best in his farewell address. Paraphrasing and humbly building upon what President Obama said, ‘We all have to try harder, show up, dive in and stay at it.’ I am asking you to believe in your ability to bring about change, to hold fast to the faith and the idea whispered by slaves: ‘Yes, we can.'”

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Adam Silver believes that if a team is invited to the White House, it should go.

When the Golden State Warriors won the title last month, they indicated they were undecided on whether they’ll visit President Donald Trump.

Portland Trail Blazers shooting guard C.J. McCollum recently asked the NBA commissioner if he thinks attending those visits should be up to the league, team, or individual players.

“I definitely don’t think it should be a league decision,” Silver replied in the interview for The Players’ Tribune. “I don’t think we should be directing teams or players to go to the White House. It’s my view that if invited, our teams should go to the White House. Regardless of people’s personal political views, I think that these institutions are bigger than any individual politician or any individual elected official.

“And it concerns me that something like going to the White House after winning a championship – something that’s been a great tradition – would become one that is partisan.

“I will say, though, even though I think that teams should make decisions as organizations, that I would also respect an individual player’s decision not to go.”

Stephen Curry, David West, and Andre Iguodala have all been critical of the 45th president, with the latter straight up saying he wouldn’t go to the White House this year. Head coach Steve Kerr has also spoken out against Trump’s principles in the past, but he did say his team should still consider visiting the White House.

When the Dubs won the title in 2015, they visited then-POTUS Barack Obama.

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Ownership of a sports franchise can be a star-studded affair these days. But there are a few names that transcend the likes of the Williams sisters involving themselves in the Miami Dolphins and Drake endorsing the Toronto Raptors.

One name that does so with ease is former U.S. President Barack Obama.

A noted Chicago sports fan, Obama was recently mentioned by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst as a current target that many NBA ownership groups want to get involved in their circle.

“There are multiple people that are competing that want Barack Obama to be part of an ownership group,” said Windhorst on ESPN’s “Jalen & Jacoby” podcast.

“If he wants to be part of an ownership group, he could be by this afternoon,” continued Windhorst.

While Obama isn’t likely to be in charge of any managerial decisions, he would be a distinguished name to flaunt in front of both a team’s fan base and potential free agents.

Windhorst didn’t provide a timeline for such a development, instead saying that Obama would be careful about any situation he involves himself in, assuming he agreed to go down this road.

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Three-time NBA champion LeBron James has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton to be the next president of the United States.

James publicly backed the Democratic nominee in an op-ed for the Akron Business Journal, which he also gave to Business Insider to publish Sunday.

He wrote:

I support Hillary because she will build on the legacy of my good friend, President Barack Obama. I believe in what President Obama has done for our country and support her commitment to continuing that legacy.

Like my foundation, Hillary has always been a champion for children and their futures. For over 40 years, she’s been working to improve public schools, expand access to health care, support children’s hospitals, and so much more. …

Policies and ideas that divide us more are not the solution. We must all stand together – no matter where we are from or the color of our skin. And Hillary is running on the message of hope and unity that we need.

The four-time MVP has been outspoken about social issues over the last several seasons, and was one of four NBA players to publicly demand an end to gun violence and racial profiling in the U.S. during this year’s ESPYs.

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Barack Obama can do almost anything he wants after he concludes his duties as the 44th president of the United States of America, and what he wants might include owning an NBA team.

According to White House press secretary Josh Earnest, Obama has “discussed” being part of an ownership group with an Association franchise. Earnest did add Wednesday, however, that the right circumstances would have to present themselves for such a possibility to become a reality.

Obama, a Chicago Bulls fan, said in a 2015 GQ profile that he would “absolutely” want to be part of an ownership group in the NBA. The 54-year-old, outgoing president will leave office in January, 2017.

Years before George W. Bush became the 43rd U.S. president, and while the senior Bush was serving as president, himself, George W. was the Managing General Partner of the Texas Rangers‘ ownership group (although his actual equity in the team was minute).

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was welcomed to the White House on Thursday and while he spoke proudly of his country’s alliance with the United States, he acknowledged his baseball fandom still makes it tough to come to Washington.

“We’ve made tremendous progress on many issues,” Trudeau said of he and U.S. president Barack Obama. “Unfortunately I will leave town with my beloved (Montreal) Expos still here in Washington. I can’t have everything.”

After spending 36 seasons in Montreal, the Expos moved to Washington at the start of 2005 and became the Nationals.

The Expos reached the postseason once in their existence, but owned the best record in the majors in the 1994 strike-shortened season that ended prematurely in August.

Trudeau, who was sworn in as Prime Minister in November, has been an avid supporter of the Expos throughout the years.

Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka is evidently not a fan of President Barack Obama.

Obama, a noted Bears fan, is serving in his final year as president after previously representing Illinois in the United States Senate from 2005-08.

Ditka isn’t particularly impressed with Obama’s regime.

“Obama is the worst president we’ve ever had,” Ditka said Thursday on WABC-AM.

“Barack Obama’s a fine man. I mean, he’s pleasant. He would be great to play golf with. He’s not a leader. This country needs leadership. It needs direction. It needs somebody that steps up front. We need somebody like Ronald Reagan.”

Reagan was president when the Bears captured the Super Bowl under Ditka’s tutelage in 1985.

Ditka also gave Donald Trump his endorsement for the upcoming election.

“If I were to vote tomorrow, I’d probably vote for Trump.”