NBA superstar LeBron James’ home in California was vandalized with a racial slur on Wednesday, one day before the Cleveland Cavaliers small forward will take to the court in the Game 1 of the 2017 NBA Finals.
According to the local police, the graffiti containing racial slurs was spray-painted on the front gate of James’ house in Los Angeles. The investigators are in the process of looking for any possible suspects behind the crime, said Los Angeles police spokeswomen Norma Eisenman. She declined to reveal the actual racial slur, which has been painted over since the news was reported to the police in the morning.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough. And we have got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America” said the Akron native at a press conference in Oakland, California where he is preparing for the opening game of the NBA finals on Thursday night.
James was not present at his West LA house when the vandalism took place. Police are investigating the graffiti as an act of vandalism and have not determined yet whether to treat it as a hate crime, according to another Los Angeles police spokeswoman, Irma Mota.
The vandalism was reportedly discovered about 06.45 am local time at James’ house’s private gate by the LA police department. He bought that 9440 square feet house in 2015.