LeBron James' LA home vandalised, N-word sprayed on gate

An L.A. home owned by LeBron James was the target of a hate crime - someone spray painted the n-word on the front gate and detectives are now investigating, cops tell TMZ Sports.

Someone painted over the slur before officers arrived to investigate, Sandoval said.

As LeBron James prepares to defend his National Basketball Association championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he's dealing with a racist incident at his home. At his news conference at Oracle Arena, where his Cleveland Cavaliers will open their title defence in a third consecutive Finals meeting with the Golden State Warriors this morning (Singapore time), he appeared shaken but resolute.

'No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are... being black in America is tough, ' he said of the incident. "And we've got a long way to go as a society for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America".

The Los Angeles Police Department are now treating the case as a possible hate crime.

James wasn't home when his house was vandalized. She says the property manager told officers they believe the incident was captured on surveillance video.

James purchased the 9,440-square-foot home in 2015, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The most unfortunate aspect of his situation, James said later, was that he couldn't be with his children to talk about it with them. It was reported to police shortly after dawn on Wednesday and has since been painted over, she said. "On my behalf, family's behalf, I look at this if this sheds a light and keeps the conversation going, my family is safe, that's most important. At the end of the day, they're safe and that's the most important", the Cleveland Cavaliers player said.

"It just goes to show that racism will always be part of the world, part of America, and that hate, especially for African-Americans, is living every day". I'm at a point in my life where my priorities are in place, and basketball comes second to my family.

  • Julie Sanders