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Sports figures, celebrities champion Beto O’Rourke’s national anthem comments

Posted: 12:12 PM, Aug 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-23 13:25:12-04

A viral video of Democratic Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke’s comments about protests over racial injustice during the national anthem before NFL games has drawn a wide wave of praise from noted athletes and celebrities.

LeBron James tweeted early Thursday about O’Rourke’s video from “Now This” news, which came with video from a campaign stop in Houston last week. By early Thursday, the video had produced more than 12.8 million views and more than 160,000 retweets.

James tweeted his endorsement, calling the video “A Must Watch” with three exclamation marks to his 41 million followers.

Former NFL coach and current NBC-TV analyst Tony Dungy also endorsed O’Rourke’s strong stand on the issue.

NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Kurt Warner also was impressed with O’Rourke’s candor on the subject.

Former United States soccer team standout Abby Wambach also praised O’Rourke, calling him “smart, and compassionate, and respectful of all people here.”

And Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr called O’Rourke’s stand “what thoughtful leadership looks and sounds like.”

O’Rourke’s viral video are coming as he is narrowing his gap against incumbent Sen.Ted Cruz, according to one recent poll.

The NBC News/Marist poll released Wednesday finds O’Rourke has cut Cruz’s lead to 4 percentage points.

The poll has O’Rourke with 45 percent among registered voters, compared with Cruz’s 49 percent. Six percent of the voters remain undecided.

Cruz had different ideas about O’Rourke’s stand on the national anthem protests during a campaign stop last week in Corpus Christi.

The election will be on Nov. 6, less than 10 weeks away.