Jason Miller/Getty Images
NBA star, LeBron James, has been irking President Donald Trump for months — ever since he called the president a “bum” in September of 2017 — but now, some people are hoping that the basketball star will join the Trump administration as a replacement for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
A petition calling for James to replace DeVos is making rounds on the web has almost 30,000 signatures. The author of the petition, listed as “Rebecca G,” writes:
“Betsy DeVos was hired without ever setting foot in a public school — and she's taken every opportunity to work against the interests of the children, teachers, and families she has pledged to serve...I know that's it's unlikely that Lebron James would give up his highly successful career — especially since he has been generous enough to use that influence to be an inspirational community and youth advocate for millions...but it's worth a try!”
James has become one of the many unofficial voices of the #Resistance after he defended other sportsmen who have been attacked by Trump. And as arguably the greatest basketball player in history, he has a massive platform and he's used that voice to give back to the community, opening an elementary school in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Meanwhile, DeVos has been consistently attacked for being out-of-touch and unqualified to lead the Department of Education. She comes from a family of billionaires, and the jaw-dropping magnitude of their wealth was put on display when somebody untied DeVos' $40 million yacht and set it adrift in Lake Erie. The ship suffered some damage, but the DeVos family should be able to make it — they have at least nine others along with four planes and two helicopters.
James probably won't be jumping at the chance to replace DeVos as Secretary of Education as he recently inked a $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. This will be the star's 16th season in the NBA and he has three championships.