Donald Trump has sparred numerous times with US athletes over the past four years, especially NBA star LeBron James, who called on Black Americans to get out and vote.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) smiles at forward Anthony Davis (3) while holding the MVP trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. October 11, 2020.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) smiles at forward Anthony Davis (3) while holding the MVP trophy after game six of the 2020 NBA Finals at AdventHealth Arena. October 11, 2020. (Reuters)

American sport stars have celebrated Joe Biden's victory, saying the election of the 46th president of the US has restored their faith in democracy after four tumultuous years under Donald Trump.

Athletes such as LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Megan Rapinoe took to social media to share their feelings after the US media monitoring the electoral vote count in key states like Pennsylvania declared Biden the winner.

"My Philly fam! FOE and more THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! Let's celebrate! Responsibly still," James posted on his Twitter page.

Trump has sparred numerous times with US athletes over the past four years, especially James, who called on Black Americans to get out and vote.

Trump also criticised athletes for kneeling during the US anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.

Philadelphia 76ers forward Joe Embiid used capital letters to express his faith in American democracy.

"Well America TRUSTED THE PROCESS and it paid off," Embiid wrote on Twitter.

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'Your vote counts'

Basketball hall of famer Magic Johnson, who has been part owner of a number of Los Angeles sports franchises including the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Lakers, said he was celebrating for the third time in the past few weeks.

"Today I completed my trifecta: the Lakers, the Dodgers, and now #BidenHarris!! It’s been a fantastic 30 days!" Johnson wrote.

American Kyle Lowry, who plays in Canada for the NBA's Toronto Raptors, is glad his vote helped make a difference.

"Your vote counts!!!!" he said.

World Cup soccer winner Rapinoe, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, thanked black women for helping to put Biden over the top.

"Thank you Black Women," she wrote.

Golden State Warrior's player Draymond Green messaged James on social media telling him the newly-crowned NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers can be the first team to restore the tradition of having the winners visit the White House.

"Yo we back up there my G!!! I'm taking my tequila and vino too!" James replied to Green.

Three years ago, James called the president a "bum" after Trump rescinded an invitation for the Warriors to visit to the White House.

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