The LAPD is investigating vandalism at LeBron James’ home as a hate crime. Someone spray painted “ni–er” on the gate leading to James $20.9 million Brentwood, Calif. mansion on Tuesday.
Police are reviewing video surveillance footage from neighboring homes to identify the vandals. James was not home at the time of the incident, according to the NY Daily News.
“Oh, it’s a hate crime. It’s a person who has a problem with him, obviously, ” a source at LAPD’s West LA division told The News. “It’s an active case right now and detectives are there, going over the scene, looking for any video.”
James and his Cleveland Cavaliers face the Golden State Warriors in game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday at Oakland’s Oracle Arena.
James has been to the NBA Finals so often that he reportedly bought the 9,440 square-foot, 6 bedroom mansion to stay when he’s defending his title.
A neighbor who lives 3 doors down from James was appalled by the “horrific” vandalism.
“I’m embarrassed that this would even go on in this country. At this particular time though, I suppose I’m not surprised, because there is an increase in incivility and hatred of others who are different or not the same,” said Mary Kay Wulf.
Another neighbor told The News that James, who is 6-foot-8, purchased the home from a very tall neighbor. She said the house is custom made for very tall people.
Twitter.com users reacted to the news:
Good reminder: even LeBron James, the most notbable black athlete in the world, ain't escaping racism. This is systemic not a few bad eggs.
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) May 31, 2017
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