Sports stars in the United States have come out swinging as the US election unfolds.

Recognising the impact they can have on voters, some of the biggest names in American sport have come out with bold election day comments.

Unlike in New Zealand where public figures including sports stars are not allowed to make pre-election comments that could influence voters - All Black Israel Dagg, dual Olympic gold medallist Eric Murray and the late Jonah Lomu were censured for exactly that in the last Kiwi election after declaring support for John Key - in America, it's open slather.

The US Presidential election run now well into the final straight, with either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump set to be named successor to Barack Obama, and American sports stars are nailing their voting colours to the wall.


Here's who they are voting for:

Hillary Clinton

- LEBRON JAMES: The NBA superstar has publicly supported Clinton and in October even officially endorsed his choice to be the next president.
James also introduced the Democratic candidate at a Cleveland rally, gushing: "With my [charitable] foundation, giving kids the notion that someone cares about them, that someone like myself and J.R. and President Hillary Clinton can make their dreams become a reality, is very important to me. And I believe that this woman right here can continue that."

- HOPE SOLO: US soccer goalkeeper Solo reckons Clinton is the best Presidential catch, but insists her support comes regardless of gender.

She said: "Hillary is the best candidate, the best leader, the best diplomat.

"I support the best person for every job, every time.

"Man or woman, black or white, gay or straight."

- STEPHEN CURRY: The Golden State Warriors ace has made it clear he wants Clinton to succeed Barack Obama.

Curry publicly endorsed the 39-year-old Democrat in September, answering simply: "Hillary," when asked who his preferred choice is.

- LAILA ALI: Late boxing legend Muhammad Ali's daughter is punching for Clinton.

Laila, who finished her own boxing career with a record of 24-0, said: "I'm ready to fight for Hillary the same way I did in the ring: with strength, skill and confidence."

- MARTINA NAVRATILOVA: The former Czech and American tennis ace has long supported Clinton's bid to become President.

In a number of tweets, Navratilova has spoken of Clinton "making history" and her desire to see the Democrat in power.

- ALEX RODRIGUEZ: The Yankees slugger has let his money do the talking when it comes to the Presidential elections.

According to public financing records, Rodriguez donated $2700 ($3660) to Clinton's campaign.

Donald Trump


Former heavyweight champion of the world, Tyson is most famous for biting off Evander Holyfield's ear in 1997 and his recent foray into the world of film.

Earlier this year he said: "When I see him, he shakes my hand and respects my family. None of them- Barack [Obama], whoever - nobody else does that. They're gonna be who they are and disregard me, my family."

"Let's try something new. Let's run America like a business, where no colours matter. Whoever can do the job, gets the job."

- DENNIS RODMAN: The flamboyant basketball star is outspoken on his politics and has visited North Korea, striking up a friendship with "awesome guy" Kim Jong-un.

A five-time NBA champion and two-time All Star member, Rodman tweeted in July 2015: "Donald Trump has been a great friend for many years. We don't need another politician, we need a businessman like Mr. Trump!"

- JOHN DALY: The five-time PGA champion is a colourful character on and off the course, famous for his outrageous outfits.

Trump, a major player in the golf industry who owns a number of courses around the world, was praised by Daly in March for being all "business".

Daly tweeted: "That's y I luv my friend @realDonaldTrump he's not politics he's business! It's what our country needs."

- HULK HOGAN: The moustachioed wrestling star has been on the scene since 1977 and has headlined Wrestlemania and Starrcade multiple times.

Last year, TMZ asked Hogan which presidential candidate he'd most like to get into the ring with.

His reply: "I don't want to be in the ring with any candidates. I want to be Trump's running mate."

- CAITLYN JENNER: A former Olympic gold medal winning athlete who hit the headlines after revealing a sex-change in 2015, Jenner was also a successful American Football player during college.

A champion of women's rights, Jenner has said: "I think [Trump] would be very good for women's issues.

"Oh my God I would never ever ever vote for Hillary. We're done, if Hillary becomes President, the country is over."

- DON KING: Legendary boxing promoter known for The Rumble in the Jungle and his fantastic hairdo, King has promoted fighters ranging from Muhammad Ali to George Foreman.

He recently caused controversy after using the word n****r when introducing Donald Trump at a church in Cleveland.

During his speech, King praised Trump as "fearless", "courageous and brave" and said he believed Trump would "take this system apart" and "create a whole new system".

Meanwhile, America's first sporting couple, Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen, seem split over claims they are supporting Trump, despite the billionaire's claim to be their personal friend.

Trump has repeatedly brought up his apparent friendship with the New England NFL quarterback on the campaign trail.

But Bundchen, a Brazilian supermodel, denied that, despite Trump claiming Brady called to say he had voted for him.

"Gisele I heard you and Tom were backing Trump! Is that true??" asked one indignant fan on Instagram.

"NO!" Bundchen emphatically replied.

But at a recent rally, Trump was name-dropping his favourite jock.

"Great guy, great friend of mine - great, great champion. Unbelievable winner," Trump said in the key swing state, filled with Patriots fans.

"He called today and he said, 'Donald, I support you, you're my friend, and I voted for you,'" the mogul added.

"And I said, 'So Tom. You voted for me, you support me, am I allowed to say it tonight at this massive crowd in New Hampshire?' He said, 'If you want to say it, you can say it.' Okay? Tom, that's what a champ is all about."