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Athletes going political: Who's endorsing who?

Published 0934 GMT (1734 HKT) April 18, 2016
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A range of disparate sports personalities have weighed in on their presidential picks. Mark Davis/Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Not friends in the ring, Hulk Hogan (right) and Ric Flair also differ on the political spectrum. The Hulkster volunteered himself as Donald Trump's running mate in September, while Flair has endorsed Ted Cruz. Paul Kane/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
UFC fighter Ronda Rousey (left) has endorsed Bernie Sanders. "I'm voting for Bernie Sanders, because he doesn't take any corporate money," Rousey told Maxim. As for Trump? "I wouldn't vote for him," she told CNN. "I don't want a reality TV star to be running my country." Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
"Me and Trump are really good friends," Mike Tyson told the New York Post. "We are also the same guy: A thrust for power. We need power in whatever field we are in. That's who we are, balls of energy. We're fire." Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Dennis Rodman was one of the first celebrities to get on the Trump bandwagon, tweeting words of encouragement in July. "(Trump) has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump! Trump 2016," he wrote. Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images
Former Major League closer John Rocker -- who once told Sports Illustrated "The biggest thing I don't like about New York are the foreigners. I'm not a very big fan of foreigners." -- is a fan of Trump. "I wish someone ... would have the backbone to make unpopular comments," he told The Daily Caller. "Trump is that guy." Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Former NBA center Jason Collins -- who attended Stanford with friend Chelsea Clinton -- has campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Collins made history in 2013 when he came out as the first openly gay athlete in U.S. team sports.
Former U.S. Olympian Caitlyn Jenner recently posed with Clinton, though she has not yet formerly endorsed a candidate. "I would never ever vote for Hillary," Jenner once said on her reality TV show I Am Cait. Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Former U.S. Women's National Soccer Team captain Abby Wambach puts her jacket on a cardboard cutout of Clinton before speaking to a crowd at a Clinton campaign office on January 8, 2016 in Salem, New Hampshire. Scott Eisen/Getty Images
Two-time Olympic medalist Michelle Kwan is a full-time member of Clinton's campaign team, working from its headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images
Former NBA and Duke standout Grant Hill is endorsing Clinton. Hill's mother Janet was college roommates with Clinton at Wellesley College. Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
NBA Hall-Of-Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabber penned a scathing editorial against Trump in The Washington Post, while endorsing Bernie Sanders (right). AFP/Getty Images
Jerry "The King" Lawler of the WWE told a Memphis radio station that he received death threats after tweeting out support for Trump in February. Getty Images
UFC president Dana White says Trump has been a big supporter of his league. "Me and Donald are cool," he told TMZ. "Donald will get my vote." Getty Images
Trump (left) and former Minnesota governor / WWE star Jesse "The Body" Ventura have been close for years. This photo was taken at a Minnesota Chamber of Commerce luncheon in January, 2000 when Trump was considering a presidential run under the Reform Party. The nomination went to Pat Buchanan instead. CRAIG LASSIG/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Former Red Sox and Yankees great Johnny Damon has endorsed Trump. "Everything he does, he does first-class," he told the Daily News. Jared Wickerham/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez donated $2,700 at a Clinton fundraiser last year. Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports
Controversial Hall of Fame basketball coach Bob Knight called Trump "out of the blue" to endorse him in September, according to the New York Times. "No one has accomplished more than Mr. Trump has,'' he said. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who appeared on Trump's Celebrity Apprentice, told TMZ he supports the candidate because "has what it takes to change how government is run." Getty Images
Former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka (center) is also endorsing Trump. "I do like Donald Trump. I think sometimes he's gotta think a little bit more before he says things, but I think he's on the right track," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. Phil Sandlin/AP
Golfer John Daly tweeted his support for the Republican frontrunner in March: "That's y I luv my friend (Trump) he's not politics he's business! It's what our country needs," he wrote. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
On March 14, Trump tweeted a photo of a baseball purportedly signed by Pete Rose which read "Mr. Trump, Please make America great again," although a lawyer for the former Cincinnati Reds great denies that he sent the ball or has endorsed a candidate. Mark Lyons/Getty Images
Trump interpreted an endorsement from NASCAR CEO Brian France as one representative of the entire sport: "NASCAR endorsed Trump, can you believe that?" he erroneously said at a North Carolina rally, according to Politifact. Matt Sullivan/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Racer Chase Elliott (left, with trophy) attended a Trump rally in Georgia. "It is my great honor to endorse Mr. Trump for President of the United States. He is a leader representing strength and common sense solutions," Elliott said, according to Trump's campaign website. Patrick Smith/Getty Images
Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman voiced support for Trump: "I think he could win and should win," he told TMZ. Getty Images
Former NBA All-Star Latrell Sprewell congratulated Trump on Twitter for his February victory in Nevada. Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Urban Meyer, head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and one of the most public figures in the state, has endorsed Ohio governor John Kasich. Rich Schultz/Getty Images
Former California governor and professional body builder Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks in support of Governor Kasich at a rally in Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2016. AARON JOSEFCZYK/Newscom/REUTERS