NBA superstar LeBron James couldn’t help but make a joke about President Donald Trump when asked about weird votes NBA players cast for this year’s All-Star Game.
The NBA changed the formula for all-star voting this year, giving players a 25-percent share of the total score in balloting. Media comprises an additional 25-percent, while fan vote, which used to make up the entire process, is now 50-percent.
Fan vote has had issues—see Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia, a role player, being voted as a starter this season by the fans. The players vote helped smooth things over, but not everyone took it seriously. A number of players voted for themselves, while others like Mo Williams and Ben Simmons, who haven’t logged a minute this year, got votes from their peers. Grizzlies guard Tony Allen voted for himself and four teammates in the west, and the bizarre combination of Kemba Walker, Mo Williams, Luke Babbit, Michael Beasley, and Andre Drummond in the East.
When asked about the bizarre ballots that some of his colleagues cast, James just pointed at the 2016 Presidential Election as evidence that sometimes people will vote for unexpected candidates.
LeBron James on the questionable player voting for the All-Star game: "There's always goofy votes. Donald Trump is our president"
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 27, 2017
James endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton last fall, and attended Ohio campaign events for her. Clearly he’s not thrilled by the events of the last week.