Bucs co-owner among top Clinton sports donors

The public often wants athletes and coaches to stay out of politics. But many sports figures are Americans, too, and in this highly contentious campaign, they're weighing in with endorsements and donations for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

The top sports donor to the Clinton campaign is Edward Glazer, co-owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, with a $5,400 contribution.

While Trump has received some money and many endorsements from high-profile sports figures, Clinton dominated the number of donations from people in sports, according to a CBS Sports analysis of data at opensecrets.org. In that sense, sports reflects society. As of Aug. 31, Clinton had raised a total of $530 million compared to $210 million by Trump.

Some NFL locker rooms are so divided over the election that at least one coach insisted there be no more player discussions about Trump while on team property, according to Bleacher Report. Meanwhile, NFL owners, who traditionally lean Republican, are virtually nowhere to be found on Trump's donation lists.

Four years ago, I found 11 professional sports owners who donated money to Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Only one of those same those 11 also gave to Trump in 2016: Houston Texans owner and Republican super donor Bob McNair ($254,600).

The vast majority of McNair's massive figure was two donations to two joint fundraising committees that sent the proceeds to Trump's campaign, according to citizensforethics.org. McNair has donated $5.9 million to various candidates and entities in the 2016 election cycle.

At least two more NFL owners gave to Trump: the New York Jets' Woody Johnson ($100,000), who was Jeb Bush's national finance chairman in the primaries, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Edward Glazer ($55,400). Glazer also gave $5,400 to Clinton.

Clinton has donations from some high-profile sports names, including boxing legend Muhammad Ali (prior to his death), Hall of Famers Magic Johnson and Hank Aaron, ex-New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, tennis legend Billie Jean King and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

Trump landed endorsements from names such as golf icon Jack Nicklaus, ex-Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight, former boxer Mike Tyson, ex-Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka and ex-NBA stars Dennis Rodman and Latrell Sprewell.

Hillary Clinton donor Donation Donald Trump donor Donation
Edward Glazer, Buccaneers co-owner $5,400 Bob McNair, Texans owner $254,600
Sammy Sosa, ex-Cubs OF $5,400 Woody Johnson, N.Y. Jets owner $100,000
Jason Kidd, Bucks coach $5,200 Red McCombs, ex-Vikings owner $5,400
Billy King, ex-Nets GM $5,200 Robert McNair, Texans owner $5,400
Muhammad Ali, ex-boxer (prior to death) $2,700 Gene Michael, ex-Yankees manager/GM $800
Magic Johnson, Lakers HOFer $2,700 Richie Incognito, Bills OL $500
Alex Rodriguez, ex-Yankees 3B $2,700 Dan Jenkins, sportswriter $400
Mike Tomlin, Steelers coach $2,700 Curt Schilling, ex-Red Sox pitcher $250
Billie Jean King, tennis legend $2,700 Vince Dooley, ex-Georgia HOF coach $250
Franco Harris, ex-Steelers RB $2,700 Davey Johnson, ex-Mets manager $240
Tom Werner, Red Sox chairman $2,700 Matt Boland, NBA referee $154
Sam Kennedy, Red Sox president $2,700 Woody Johnson, N.Y. Jets owner $100
Jagger Rusconi, Red Sox prospect $2,700 Randy Cross, ex-49ers OL $80
Calvin Pryor, N.Y. Jets S $2,700 Paul Sparling, Bengals trainer $80
Mike D'Antoni, Rockets coach $2,700 Marcel Lachemann, ex-Angels manager $40
Steve Tisch, N.Y. Giants co-owner $2,700 Brady Miller, race car driver $28
Jeffrey Lurie, Eagles owner $2,700 Adam Jahn, Columbus Crew player $25
Donald Remy, NCAA chief legal counsel $2,700    
Grant Hill, ex-NBA player $2,700    
Adam Silver, NBA commissioner $2,700    
Jason Collins, ex-NBA player $2,700    
Tony Gonzalez, ex-Chiefs TE $2,700    
Jay Williams, ex-Duke player $2,700    
Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO $2,700    
Rolando Blackman, ex-NBA player $2,700    
David Morehouse, Penguins CEO $2,700    
Hank Aaron, Braves HOFer $2,300    
Dikembe Mutombo, ex-NBA HOFer $2,161    
Michelle Kwan, ex-figure skater $2,083    
Lin Dunn, women's basketball HOFer $2,055    
Jonas Gray, ex-NFL RB $1,154    
Jeffrey Kessler, sports attorney $1,000    
Lou Holtz, ex-Notre Dame HOF coach $1,000    
Ben Olsen, D.C. United coach $1,000    
Rory Babich, Florida Panthers CEO $1,000    
Martin Mayhew, ex-Lions GM $1,000    
Joel Bitonio, Browns OL $1,000    
John Greco, Browns OL $1,000    
Chamique Holdsclaw, ex-WNBA player $536    
Jon Miller, S.F. Giants announcer $500    
Doug Williams, ex-NFL QB $350    
Dale Scott, MLB umpire $72
 

 


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