2018 has been a huge year in sport. We saw the return of the FIFA World Cup, Winter Olympic Games, Serena Williams revisit back to tennis and Roger Federer leave Nike for Uniqlo. Indeed the industry has seen glorious events over the past 12 months but none have been more talked about than the likes of LeBron James and Colin Kaepernick.
This week, Twitter announced its overall stats for the year and when looking at the US it is no surprise that the two athletes came out on top – both icons in their own sports.
Like many years before, LeBron James has remained in the headlines for months. Following his philanthropist work in Ohio, upcoming documentary and endless Nike collaborations, it is no wonder that he has found himself as the number one most tweeted athlete of 2018 and with plans to continue playing in the NBA for at least another six seasons, we can expect him to have an even bigger 2019.
— Nike (@Nike) October 18, 2018
At the heels of James, Colin Kaepernick too made a name for himself this year. While his status as a NFL player held him in high regards, the controversial athlete has been thrust into the spotlight after an infamous campaign with Nike. Leading the fight and protest against racial inequality in 2016, the worldwide debate was reignited once again when he faced Nike with the caption, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Despite being unemployed since January 2017, there is an ongoing Twitter campaign #ProBowlVote to vote the athlete into the NFL Pro Bowl.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Keep scrolling for a full list of the top Twitter stats of 2018.
Most Tweeted About Celebrities:
Most Tweeted About TV Shows:
“Saturday Night Live”
“The Walking Dead”
“Game of Thrones”
Most Tweeted About Streaming Shows:
“13 Reasons Why”
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
Most Tweeted About Movies:
“The Avengers: Infinity War”
“The Incredibles 2”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi’
“A Wrinkle in Time”
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”
“Crazy Rich Asians”
“The Shape of Water”
Most Tweeted About Musicians:
Most Tweeted About Athletes:
Most Tweeted About Sporting Events:
FIFA World Cup Russia
PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games
NBA Finals (Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors)
NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament
U.S. Open Tennis Championships
NBA All-Star Game
NHL Stanley Cup Finals
Most Tweeted About Movements:
March For Our Lives
Students Stand Up
Black Lives Matter