Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

James' home vandalized with racial slur

Just ahead of the 2017 National Basketball Association finals, Cleveland Cavaliers star, LeBron James had his Los Angeles home vandalised, with the N-word sprayed on the gate. It was discovered shortly after dawn on Wednesday and has since been painted over, she said.

After being asked about the graffiti, James stated, "No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough". "And, you know, hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day".

This series will mark James' seventh consecutive NBA Finals as he goes for his fourth championship ring.

After noting that the vandalism had intruded on "one of the greatest sporting events that we have", James said that if the incident keeps the conversation about racism alive, James said, "then I'm OK with it".

As he and the Cavaliers got ready to face the Warriors in Game 1 on Thursday night, James was handling a topic normally discussed in other forums. My family is safe, they're safe and that's the most important [thing].

James wasn't at the home at the time, but the property manager told officers that they believe the incident was captured on surveillance video, Sandoval said.

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Police are investigating the graffiti as an act of vandalism and have not determined whether to treat it as a hate crime, another Los Angeles police spokeswoman, Irma Mota, said by phone.

Public records show that James bought the house in 2015 for just under $21 million.

Even as James vowed the incident would not throw him off as the Cavaliers try to defend their crown in the best-of-seven final, his thoughts were on his sons and him not being able to be there when they came home from school to talk about it face to face instead of over the internet. "It's kind of killing me right now".

When it comes to the sting of racism and concern for family, even a championship showdown loses its luster. "But to do his legacy any justice, let's use this moment as a call to action to all professional athletes to educate ourselves, explore these issues, speak up, use our influence and renounce all violence and, most importantly, go back to our communities, invest our time, our resources, help rebuild them, help strengthen them, help change them".

"I'm at a point in my life where my priorities are in place", James said.

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