Basketball superstar LeBron James' LA home vandalised with racial slur

Doug Mendoza
June 2, 2017

The Cavaliers are scheduled to face off on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland.

"The most unfortunate part is that I can't be with my kids right now", James said. Police are investigating it as an act of vandalism and a possible hate crime.

Property management removed the graffiti before officers arrived and investigators are reviewing security footage, police initially said.

"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", James said.

Patricia Sandoval, a Los Angeles police spokeswoman, says James wasn't at the home at the time.

"Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day", added James, who said that when he was told of the incident, he thought of the mother of Emmett Till, a black American who was lynched in 1995 at the age of 14.

Speaking to media on Wednesday, James responded to the attack on his family home in a defiant way.

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"I mean, as I sit here on the eve of one of the greatest sporting events that we have in sports, race and what's going on comes again and on my behalf and on my family's behalf", James began.

"The reason that she had an open casket (was) to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime and, you know, being Black in America".

"If this can keep the communication going and shine the light and keep us progressing and not regressing, that's the main thing", James said.

"And I think back to Emmett Till's mom, actually", James said of the African-American teenager who was lynched in MS in the 1950s.

Getting ready for Game 1 had already become a more daunting task with what happened.

Last year James expressed his support for Colin Kaepernick's protest, the NFL quarterback who refused to stand during performances of the USA national anthem prior to each game. "Basketball comes second to my family". I will be as focused as I can be on the job at hand tomorrow, but this is a situation where it puts me back in place of what's actually more important.

He vowed he wouldn't let it throw him off as the Cavaliers try to defend their crown in the best-of-seven final-but it was a reminder of where basketball fits in the broader scheme of life.

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