LeBron James On Vandalization Of His L.A. Home: ‘Being Black In America Is Tough’
LeBron James has been called a lot of things, but nothing like what was found on his L.A. home Wednesday morning (May 31). TMZ reports that someone spray painted the N-Word on his home, and although the Cavalier’s forward did purchase the home in 2015, he doesn’t currently live there.
Multiple LAPD units and one neighborhood patrol vehicle who acted in response to the scene. Investigators are reviewing security footage from the neighboring homes which may reveal the identity of the person responsible. Since the vandalism was discovered, it has been covered up.
James is suspected to be in the Golden State in preparation for Game 1 of the NBA finals Thursday (June 1) against the Steph Curry and the Warriors.
LeBron was just named the second most famous athlete in the world in ESPN’s “World Fame 100” list.
UPDATE: Lebron James shared his thoughts on the vandalism prior to Wednesday night’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, bringing up Emmit Till and the reality of race relations in America.
“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. On my behalf and my family’s behalf, but I look at it as this — if this is a shed of light to continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m OK with it. My family is safe. They’re safe and that’s the most important.”
“But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. And even though it’s concealed most of the time, we know people hide their faces and will say things about you when they see that smile on your face. It’s alive every single day.
I think back to Emmett Till’s mom actually and the reason that she had an open casket is because she wanted to show the world what her son went through as far as a hate crime and being black in America. 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. We got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”