Racist graffiti has been sprayed on the gates of LeBron James’s Los Angeles home as the Cleveland Cavaliers star prepares for the NBA finals, which start this week.
TMZ first reported that the n-word was sprayed on the gates of the home, and LA police later confirmed the news.
The house, in the Brentwood area of the city, is not James’s primary residence and he is not believed to have been at home at the time; the graffiti has since been removed.
The Cavaliers will play the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the finals in Oakland on Thursday.
Earlier this month James spoke about racism in sports after the Boston Orioles’ Adam Jones was racially abused during an MLB game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
“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. But at the end of the day, I can only tell them so much, and they have to go out and live it themselves,” said James at the time.
“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.”
James took the Cavaliers to the NBA title last year, the third championship of his career.
By the Guardian