With the presidential race having seemingly dragged on since Jan. 21, 2013 — the day after President Obama was sworn in for his second term — it’s hard to keep tabs on just who is endorsing which candidate, at least as far as the sports world is concerned. Here’s a handy checklist in case you care about such things.
The former Notre Dame football coach said he’s endorsing Trump because “I’ve played his golf course [and] I’ve stayed in his hotel. He does nothing but go first class in everything, he wants this country to be first class as well.”
Trump is “the most prepared man in history” to run for president, according to the former Indiana and Texas Tech men’s basketball coach.
“I like what Donald has done. I like that he’s turning America upside down,” the golf great told Jim Axelrod in a “CBS Sunday Morning” interview. “He’s awakening the country. We need a lot of that.”
Tyson and Trump have known each other since the 1980s, when Iron Mike ascended to the top of the heavyweight ranks thanks in part to bouts staged at Trump’s hotel in Atlantic City. So it’s no surprise that the former heavyweight champ is in Trump’s corner.
NASCAR’s CEO and chairman took some heat for his Trump endorsement, not the least because he told the AP he campaigned for Obama in 2008. NASCAR has been trying to diversify its fan base for years, and France’s public support of Trump had some observers questioning the circuit’s sincerity about that.
“Coaches know how to get things done. Donald Trump is one of the great coaches of this country,” the former Notre Dame men’s basketball coach and current ESPN analyst said in Indiana on Monday. “And we’re all tired of what’s not gotten done for us the last eight years in this country and trust me with this: he is the man who will make America great again.”
The former Purdue men’s basketball coach joined Phelps in endorsing Trump on Monday. “Indiana and Notre Dame and Purdue used to fight hard against each other,” he said. “But we all now want to be united and be under the same type of safe situation in the United States and Mr. Trump is the answer to that.”
Rocker, once an MLB pitcher, has long held views that skew to the right of even most Republicans, so his endorsement of Trump is hardly a surprise. “I think he has really woken America up,” Rocker told the Daily Caller in January.
Rodman appeared alongside Trump at WrestleMania 7 and tweeted last year that “we don’t need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump.”
The former NFL linebacker told TMZ in September that Trump “has always been a good friend” of his.
Like Rodman, Daly cited Trump’s business acumen in March when he tweeted “he’s not politics he’s business! It’s what our country needs.”
“You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump. … Donald will get my vote,” the UFC honcho said last year, at least partly because Trump was an early supporter of the mixed martial arts outfit.
The former NFL linebacker worked to get Clinton’s name on the ballot for the Indiana primary last year.
The first openly gay athlete to play in one of the four major U.S. professional sports leagues has campaigned for Clinton, citing her support of LGBT causes.
“Electing Clinton is important not just to maintaining the integrity of the United States but also to preventing an international trend that threatens to unleash a triumph of hatred and fear over reason,” the NBA legend wrote in his endorsement of Clinton in The Post.
This one’s a no-brainer: The Olympic figure skating medalist worked at the State Department when Clinton was secretary there and has a husband who ran for governor of Rhode Island as a Democrat.
In January, the retired USWNT superstar joined Lena Dunham for a Clinton campaign rally in New Hampshire.
Billie Jean King
The tennis legend lauded Clinton during a 2013 ceremony, recording a video tribute. She campaigned for her ahead of the Iowa Caucuses earlier this year.
“I’m voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn’t take any corporate money,” the former UFC champion said last year. “I don’t think politicians should be allowed to take money for their campaigns from outside interests.”
Bennett announced his support of Sanders last year. “I just like a lot of the things that he talks about, social injustice, the things about climate control and just a lot of different things that he does,’’ the Seahawks defensive lineman told the Seattle Times.
Ohio State’s football coach endorsed the presidential candidate from Ohio in a two-minute video posted to John Kasich’s YouTube channel. Frankly, Meyer might have a better chance of winning the state.
This list will continue to be updated.