LeBron James, 32, superstar and NBA champion became another victim of hate when someone reportedly spray-painted the n-word on the front gate of a home he owns in Los Angeles, according to TMZ Sports. The disgusting incident happened sometime on May 31, after multiple LAPD unites and a neighborhood patrol vehicle arrived at the home to find the vandalism.
Detectives are investigating it as a possible hate crime, authorities tell TMZ Sports. The authorities are also looking for possible security footage from neighbors. Hopefully, these cameras captured the perpetrator behind this crime. Not much else is known at this time, so fingers crossed that the authorities discover whoever did this. Thankfully, the graffiti has since been covered up but the stain of this crime will not be so easily forgotten.
LeBron wasn’t at the home at the time of the incident, sources tell TMZ Sports. With Game 1 of the NBA Finals taking place at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, it’s quite possible that King James was busy in the Bay Area. LeBron bought the house back in 2015, according to TMZ Sports, but he doesn’t really live there on a regular basis. Cleveland’s favorite son seems to enjoy staying in C-Town. Whoever did this hateful act to LeBron better not head east, as Cleveland wouldn’t take too kindly to someone who would vandalize LeBron’s home with such a heartless, disgusting word.
Sadly, this isn’t the first time LeBron has dealt with racism. He was asked about the subject in May 2017, after Adam Jones, 31, of the Baltimore Orioels was reportedly heckled with racist comments while playing in Boston. “Racism, we know, exists. You try not to put yourself in a position, for me as a father, I try to give my kids the blueprint on how life is gonna be,” he said, according to For The Win. “But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to live it themselves. For me, I just try to be respectful, for one, respectful to others, and I feel like if you do that consistently, then I believe the karma will come back to you.”