In today’s sports round up, LeBron James is honored as Sports Illustrated‘s Sportsperson of the Year, Jay Z showed support for his Roc Nation signee Dez Bryant and John Legend will headline the 2017 All-Star halftime show. More inside…
First he helped the Cleveland Cavaliers nab their first NBA championship, then he was named as the NBA Finals MVP. Now, LeBron James is being honored as Sports Illustrated’s 2016 Sportsperson of the Year.
Along with his NBA takeover, LeBron also started using his platform to speak up on social issues, including racial inequality during the aftermath of several police shootings taking the lives of black men. As he continues to use his star power to speak out, the NBA player decided to rock a safety pin on his white blazer on the magazine’s cover.
After Donald Trump was elected president, people all over the nation started wearing safety pins to convey a message of support — of safety, and protection — to minorities, women, immigrants and others who feel threatened by the president-elect’s dangerous rhetoric. Nice to see LeBron join the movement in a major way.
This is LeBon’s 26th time to be featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated making him the third-most featured athlete, following behind Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali.
Peep a behind-the-scenes clip of LeBron on set for the SI photoshoot below:
In other sports news…
Yesterday, Jay Z braved the snow to check out Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant hit the field for a game against NFC rival New York Giants.
Before the game, Hov dapped up Dez for a little good luck. Dez is signed to Jay’s Roc Nation Sports management company, so the Hip Hop mogul came out to see Dez in action. Peep their quick meet up above.
Dez wasn’t the only baller he had his eye on during the game. Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is also signed to Roc Nation Sports, so Hov was on double duty.
Also before the game...
Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (#13) and his teammates were spotted doing the usual pre-game dance routine before kickoff. Ha! Peep the clip above.
By the way, the Cowboys were defeated (for the 2nd time) by the Giants, 10-7.
While Jay was at the game....
When queens support queens!
Beyoncé hit up the Beacon Theater last night in NYC to catch Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey light up the Holidays with her week long series of concerts. Fun times! MiMi captioned, “I love you @beyonce thank you sooooo much for coming out tonight! #merrychristmas”
Anyone else itching for a Bey/Mimi Christmas collabo?! By the way, with Bey landing 9 GRAMMY nominations, we wonder if she'll pop up at the ceremony.
In other sports news...
The 2017 All-Star halftime show has its headliner! Grammy Award winner John Legend will headline the 66th NBA All-Star Game halftime show on Sunday, Feb. 19th at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. No word on what track he will perform, but we predict he’ll perform his new song “Love Me Now.” Or, he could perform a medley of his hits.
The 2017 All-Star Game will kickoff Feb.19th at 8pm EST on TNT. Mark your calendars!
Today, the R&B crooner hit up the BBC Music Awards held at ExCel in London.
Photos: SI/Mariah's IG/Getty