LeBron James prepared to defend his championship against the Golden State Warriors in 2017. Both teams were competing against one another in the finals for the third time. It became into the fiercest rivalry in basketball today. Unfortunately, the Warriors went on to win their second championship in three years, and the Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to defend their title. James had other issues to contend with.
The home of the four-time MVP was vandalized before the series began. Numerous accounts claim that his residence was spray sprayed with the racial epithet “N-word” LeBron James wasn’t too pleased with the situation even though his family was thankfully unharmed.
Being black in America is difficult, he stated during a news conference, no matter how much money, how well-known, or how many people appreciate you are.Before African Americans feel equal in America, our society and we have a long way to go, he said.
He also expressed his relief that the vandals did not damage his family. James had never been more dissatisfied with society. However, the vandalism continued after that.
A $300 offer from a fan left LeBron James mural smeared with paint
Following the incident, LeBron James moved to Los Angeles following yet another failed campaign. Although the King’s appearance in LA was praised by many fans, it can be difficult to connect with the Lakers fan base. Soon after a large portion of his artwork in Venice, California, was covered in white paint, James became aware of their nature. CCTV footage from the Baby Blues BBQ restaurant was used to capture the vandal in action.
#BREAKING: This is the video of vandal defacing @KingJames mural at stroke of midnight this am in #Venice. Video from @BabyBluesBBQ surveillance cam. @Lakers @NBCLA. pic.twitter.com/gNPeUrF8fW
Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) July 12, 2018
Additionally, the vandal wrote the phrase “We don’t want you” on the mural, according to the Bleacher Report. Later, it came to light that another James enthusiast had posted an Instagram offer for $300 to deface the enormous James mural. In the end, the LeBron James hater got their wish. The fan who made the deal proposal also provided the exact location of the mural.
LeBron wasn’t well accepted by everyone, and Lakers fans weren’t particularly kind to him. He was disappointed to learn that the Lakers would also miss the playoffs. They managed to win the NBA championship the next year after trading for Anthony Davis. James demanded to be treated with the respect he earned after winning MVP of the Finals. Fans in Los Angeles, though, kept calling him out for taking advantage of the bubble.