On the eve of the Cavaliers and Warriors meeting for the third straight year, police said James' mansion in Los Angeles was vandalized in the morning with a racial slur spray painted onto the front gate. The Brentwood home is not James' primary residence.?Capt. Patricia Sandoval, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told The Associated Press that James wasn't home at the time. But it just goes to show that that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America. She says the property manager told officers they believe the incident was captured on surveillance video.
The slur was painted over by the time officers arrived, authorities said.
Cleveland Cavaliers play the first game of the NBA Finals on Saturday night against Golden State Warriors.
"My family is safe", he said.
The house isn't James' main residence, and he could have referred questions about the vandalism to police, to keep his focus on winning another National Basketball Association title.
"Like I said, if this incident that happened to me and my family today can keep the conversation going and can shed light on us trying to figure out a way to keep progressing and not regressing, then I'm not against it happening to us again". James spent several weeks in Los Angeles last summer working with his production company.
Speaking to media on Wednesday, James responded to the attack on his family home in a defiant way.
"Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day", James said, "and even though it's concealed most of the time, even though people hide their faces and. when they see you they smile in your face, it's alive every single day". He lives in Bath, Ohio. He gave shout outs to his support system for handling some tough conversations to come once his two sons were home from school. James was not present when the vandalism took place, Eisenman said.