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LeBron James fired back Friday regarding a disinformation campaign that is using his image to advance doubts over the validity of voting by mail. 

Protect My Vote, a company founded last month, paid for posts on Facebook featuring the Los Angeles Lakers star’s past comments about the 2020 election and voting, according to The Washington Post. They are indeed James’ words, but the group’s posts misconstrue their meaning.

Protect My Vote’s posts have been extensively promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative advocacy group that supports the re-election of President Donald Trump. 

The posts in question take a James quote-tweet from June 20, in which he says the closing of polling places during primary elections in Kentucky and Georgia this cycle are examples of “systemic racism and oppression,” and make it seem as if he was connecting the shuttering to encourage others to vote by mail, while that was not the case. 

“First of all, Everyone needs to know the kind of BS happening about this election and get organized,” James tweeted on Friday, before highlighting the athlete-led advocacy group he helped spearhead called More Than A Vote. 

“Misinformation=suppression!” he added. 

In a follow-up tweet, James wrote: “Nobody should be able to use my name (or anyone else name) to lie and deceive about the election. Not sure what we can do legally but definitely trying to figure it out!” 

James’ advisor, Adam Mendelsoh, told The Washington Post the ads were “shameless” and “reprehensible.” 

A Facebook spokeswoman said the company is looking into the ads, per the Post. 

James and the Lakers, the Western Conference’s top seed, are currently inside the NBA’s playoff bubble in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, where they are tied at one game apiece with the Portland Trail Blazers in their first-round matchup. 

Follow Chris Bumbaca on Twitter @BOOMbaca. 

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