Donald Trump had his issues with the NBA, NFL, MLS, and MLB over the last few years. His silence on issues of police brutality and race forced many athletes in every major sport to take a knee or express various forms of protest. However, there are athletes who support Trump.
The former President of the United States had an almost four year long feud with the NBA, LeBron James, and other basketball stars. When other sports followed, especially after the murder of George Floyd, taking a knee during the national anthem, it seemed that Trump took it as a personal insult.
Still, despite Trump’s rocky relationship with sports figures and leagues, he does have support within the sports community. A few retired and current sports figures have supported him in the past and continue to do so now. Here are 20 sports figures that support former US President Trump.
Jack Brewer - Former National Football League player
Jack Brewer claims the media inaccurately portrays President Trump as a racist while ignoring his contributions to the Black community. Brewer is a member of Black Voices for Trump and a former NFL player with the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, and Minnesota Vikings.
Johnny Damon - Former Major League Baseball player
Damon endorsed Trump and continues to do so, stating "I'm a Trump fan ever since I met him seven or eight years ago, everything he does, he does first-class — his hotels, his businesses, his golf courses." He also came under fire for defending the President for a Tweet involving Baltimore, a predominantly black city, saying "I think Baltimore is a great town, and this is raising awareness and hopefully they can go in and spend the hard tax-paying dollars to actually make a difference."
Mike Ditka - Retired NFL Coach
The outspoken former NFL coach once said "I do like Donald Trump. I think he, sometimes he's gotta think a little bit more before he says things, but I think he's on the right track."
Road Dogg - Retired WWE Wrestler
The former member of D-X claimed that the US is moving in a completely wrong direction. He stated the US used to be a ‘patriotic, God-fearing/loving country,’ and that now everything has changed. “What went wrong and how did this happen? I'd suggest over the last eight years with a leftist/Socialist president in office. Donald Trump started fighting to centre us again, and the fangs came out on the other side of the aisle. We need to take America back, for all people of all colors.”
Conor McGregor – UFC Fighter
McGregor showed his support for Donald Trump in a Tweet in January where he stated that Trump is quite possibly the greatest president in US history. Those words were well received by the President because he congratulated McGregor on his first-round TKO of Donald Cerrone.
Mariano Rivera – Former Major League Baseball player
Ex- Yankee closer Mariano Rivera was awarded the Medal of Freedom in September 2019. Rivera has praised the President and defended him. "He was a friend of mine before he became President," Rivera told "Fox & Friends" in July 2019. "So, because he's President, I will turn my back on him? No. I respect him."
Corey LaJoie - NASCAR Driver
Corey Lajoie is extremely supportive of President Trump so much so, he drove a 'Trump 2020' car at the prestigious Brickyard 400 race. This act caused Lajoie to get a lot of criticism on social media where he said "It’s tough to read some of the things people say about your family when they know so little,"
Colby Covington – UFC Fighter
Colby Covington expressed his support for Trump in a bizarre Instagram video where a blonde woman was giving him a shoulder massage and he was promoting a website all while wearing a MAGA hat. He also met the President in the White House and got a call from Trump after a fight, the President told him, “You are a great fighter man. I have to tell you, you make it so easy. I don’t know how the hell you do that. Congratulations, I wanted to watch that fight tonight, I wanted to watch it, you were great.”
Tito Ortiz – MMA Fighter
Tito Ortiz expressed his support for the President in 2019 when he appeared on Fox Business to make his political affiliations known. "I walk with a 'Make America Great Again' hat — Latinos for Trump," he stated.
Darryl Strawberry – Former Major League Baseball player
The former home run hitting Darryl Strawberry was in attendance in President Trump’s Republican National Convention acceptance speech on the White House South Lawn. Strawberry has defended Trump on several occasions and stated that “He reminds me of the boss just like George was for the Yankees. They’re very gracious people and they care about people. And sometimes people misunderstand that.”
Herschel Walker – Former National Football League player
The former running back came out in support of the President stating, "Just because someone loves and respects the flag, our national anthem, and our country doesn't mean they don't care about social justice,” Herschel Walker said. "I care about all of those things, and so does Donald Trump. He shows how much he cares about social justice and the Black community through his actions. And his actions speak louder than any stickers or slogans on a jersey." He also endorsed Trump in the recent RNC.
Quinn Simmons – Cyclist
The 19-year-old cyclist showed his support for Trump when he got into an online exchange with a Dutch journalist. Simmons responded to various anti-Trump tweets by cycling journalist Jose Been.
Curt Schilling – Former Major League Baseball player
Curt Schilling has supported the President since he was elected and has been seen wearing Trump shirts while at Baseball games or events. He claims that being a Trump supporter has kept him out of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Kurt Suzuki – Major League Baseball player
Kurt Suzuki wore a MAGA hat when the Nationals visited the White House. Trump called Suzuki to the podium during the ceremony and he put on the MAGA hat. Trump then hugged Suzuki from behind as Suzuki told the crowd: "I love you all. I love you all. Thank you."
Kim Rhode - Double trap and skeet shooter
When asked by The Guardian if Rhode supported Trump because of his stance on guns she replied, “It’s a list of things, yes, it’s not just one thing but you have to take a candidate in all. But definitely, Second Amendment is a big one for me, being that’s how I make my livelihood and something that is so passionate and important for me and my family for generations. Heck, I had family that was one of the 25 hand-picked men that was picked to go in and save Custer and Custer’s battlefield.”
Ed Orgeron - Head Football coach at Louisiana State University
Orgeron and Trump know each other since the President attended two LSU games in 2019. Trump also called Orgeron when LSU defeated Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl. The two met after LSU won the national championship and the team was invited to the White House.
Burgess Owens - Former NFL player and 2020 Republican nominee for the U.S. House in Utah’s 4th district
Owens, a former NFL player spoke at the RNC and endorsed the President's presidential campaign, saying he grew up in the South during Jim Crow and the Ku Klux Klan and that "anything is possible in America."
Timmy Hill - Professional stock car racing driver
Hill is an avid Trump supporter and even has his car colored with the President's reelection campaign. Archie St. Hilaire, owner of Go Fas Racing said, “We want every American citizen to know that their vote can and will make a difference just one month from now. I’m very happy that Timmy, Carl, and everyone at MBM Motorsports realize how important this election is for everyone and we hope that we can assist President Trump with his reelection campaign.”
Mike Tyson - Former Boxer
It's hard to really say sometimes if Tyson means what he says, but he has known Trump for years and they have a friendship so to speak. When Tyson recently announced he would return to the ring the President retweeted stating "Keep punching, Mike". Tyson endorsed the President in 2016 and recently did take a knee due to police brutality incidents. None the less both have spoken highly of each other over the years.
Vince McMahon - CEO of WWE
The billionaire Wrestling promoter has known Trump since the 80s when the early Wrestlemania's were held in Atlantic City. Trump even challenged McMahon at a Wrestlemania and shaved Vince's hair. None the less the friendship goes back years and recently, Trump brought in Vince McMahon as an advisor on the economy.